Zlatan reveals his love for Ikea: he’s furnished his LA mansion with it

If you thought Ikea was not for the rich and famous, think again. Sweden's superstar footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he furnished his LA mansion with the DIY assembled furniture.

Zlatan reveals his love for Ikea: he's furnished his LA mansion with it
Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not just a fan of Ikea furniture, he also quite likes Ikea's famed meatballs. Photo: Elisa Ferrari/TT

When LA Galaxy striker Ibrahimovic this weekend met the media to talk about his team's upcoming MSL season premier against Chicago Fire, the Swede made no secret of his love for the budget flat-pack furniture giant.

So much so, that he admitted that he and his wife Helena Seger have in fact furnished their LA mansion with Ikea furniture.

“So the broker goes to me 'the house is empty' and I'm like 'ok, what about the furniture?' because I told my wife to pick a house with furniture. She's like 'there is none and I like this house'. So I said 'ok, but then you go and buy everything from Ikea'. And the broker goes 'yeah, but rich people they don't go to Ikea'. And I'm like 'no, but intelligent people do'. So guess what I did? Ikea, of course.”

He did not divulge if he assembled the furniture himself, though.

Ibrahimovic also admitted to having a soft spot for Ikea's famed meatballs.

“They're really good,” he told reporters.

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This is not the first time that the footballer talks Ikea. When Sweden faced England in last year's World Cup quarter finals, Ibrahimovic challenged his former Paris-Saint Germain teammate David Beckham to a rather unusual bet:

“Yo @davidbeckham if @England wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me what ever I want from @IKEASverige ok?,” he tweeted.

Beckham replied in the most British way he could:

“@iamzlatanibrahimovic if @swemnt win I will personally take you to @ikeasverige and buy you what ever you need for the new mansion in LA @lagalaxy, but when @england win I want you to come watch an @england game at Wembley wearing an England shirt and enjoy fish & chips at half time…”

Sweden lost the game, but it remains unclear whether Ibrahimovic actually lived up to his word and watched that England game with Beckham at Wembley.

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Ikea will buy back your used furniture at up to half the price

In the run-up to what would in normal times be the festive season sales rush, Ikea has vowed to buy back used furniture from customers to resell – and pay up to 50 percent of the original price.

Ikea will buy back your used furniture at up to half the price
Got any pieces of Ikea furniture at home? You may be able to get rid of it and get money back. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Ikea, the world's largest furniture chain, said Tuesday it would begin buying back used furniture from customers to resell – and pay up to 50 percent of the original price.

The “Buy Back Friday” scheme, timed to coincide with the “Black Friday” pre-Christmas retail frenzy, will run from November 24th and until December 3rd in 27 countries.

“Rather than buy things you don't need this Black Friday, we want to help customers give their furniture a second life instead of making an impulse buy,” said Stefan Vanoverbeke, deputy retail operations manager at Ingka Group, Ikea's parent company.

To address concerns its affordable, flat-pack products encourage overconsumption and waste, the Swedish company had previously said it would start renting and recycling furniture as part of an eco-drive.

Under its buyback scheme, the group said that “anything that can't be resold will be recycled or donated to community projects to help those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic”.

“Some countries like Australia and Canada for example are currently testing different buyback services, but BuyBack Friday will be the first time that 27 countries do this together,” the statement added.

The Swedish giant employs over 217,000 people and has more than 50 outlets. Its annual turnover is around 40 billion euros ($46 billion).

The group did not specify how it would determine the price paid for second-hand furniture and customers will receive a voucher, not cash, for their products.  

As part of efforts to reduce waste, Ikea has already begun repairing and re-packaging products in every store that have been damaged in transit, as well as allowing customers to return products – including furniture – for resale or donation to charities.