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All-Time Favorite Assembly Instructions (Enjoy Your Mirror, Don’t Burn the House Down)


In the intersection of art and commerce, I had planned on trying to build a camera obscura with a shaving mirror, and purchased a new one recently. One of my fav aspects of IKEA is the directions, as this idea of universal language through pictograms often seems just as confusing and absurd as attempting to decipher Swedish, Chinese, Russian, or English would be. That said, there are moments in these instruction circulars that are art in and of themselves.

The image above, from my mirror purchase, is by far the most dramatic, intense, complex, plot-driven, and surprising twin panels I have ever seen in a manual like this.

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