I’ve heard people quip that IKEA makes more profits on startups than venture capitalists do. In our first week at Daily Grommet I, too, took a trip to the flat- pack behemoth–and bought a couple tables and lamps. It felt like a necessary rite of passage. A visiting Irish college student friend volunteered to assemble them, and we were off and running.
But as we grew, we began to source all our ragtag furniture from either our basements, or shrinking startups. Here are a few prime examples:
Finally, Joanne said quietly,
Jules we could use some chairs with backs, and the office gets really dark. How about some lamps?
Coincidentally, my husband’s company was selling off a bunch of decent office gear. We had access to a friend’s convertible car, and so off we went on a Sunday, to “shop” at the downtown office. Alas, we did not plan on a heavy downpour on our endless highway travels back…the folks who got these chairs suffered kind of wet bums on the following Monday. But I didn’t hear anyone complaining….anything was an improvement over the crazy chair that couldn’t hold its height (not photographed)–it slowly sank as you worked.
We get a lot of credit for “capital efficiency” but sometimes we can take it a little too far.