By David T. Valentin
Just at the end of pride, IKEA releases a collection of love seats inspired by a slew of pride flags.
“There’s more to pride than a rainbow,” Ikea writes. “…[A] collection of IKEA loveseats inspired by the Pride flags of different 2SLGBTQ+ identities. Designed and created by artists active in the 2SLGBTQ+ community, the loveseats are a platform to celebrate identity and share stories of love.”
The collection includes loveseats inspired by several different pride flags including: the 2spirit flag, the pansexual flag, the transgender flag, the bisexual flag, the asexual flag, the progress flag, the lesbian flag, the nonbinary flag, and the genderfluid flag.
While the designs of each couch are certainly interesting and unique, the lesbian loveseat, the progress loveseat and the genderfluid loveseat being among the most aesthetically pleasing ones it seems the loveseat inspired by the bisexual flag has caught the largest attention among the collection.
In fact, it’s possibly the most unique one. Designed with splotches of different shades of pink, blue and violet shades of horrifying looking hands, the loveseat seems like something straight out of a horror film. Stretched across two cushions, the loveseat reads, “When you change OR to AND, nobody believes you.”
The sentence is a commentary that despite bisexual people being attracted male and female, they are still pressured to choose one or the other. Often times for women, people believe they’re coming out as bisexual for attention, while men who come out as bisexual are often labeled gay as peers.
The loveseat is a powerful statement that really does deserve attention as art displays but as a purchase for the home? Certainly not.
Of course, the internet made that abundantly clear, sparking an array of hysterical tweets.
The same designer, Charlotte Carbone, also designed the nonbinary couch and the genderfluid. Which after looking at the gorgeous design of the genderfluid couch, makes me wonder what exactly went wrong with the other two?