Published on September 27th, 2007 | by Jules Yap2
pierre and christine’s "love again" couch
a story of second chances – for love and for sofas.
“We are two ikea-fans living in rainy Vancouver, BC. Our Nikkala was purchased upwards of 10 years ago, when Pierre was living in Paris. He purchased it with his then-girlfriend, with whom he was just moving in with. Orange is Pierre’s favourite colour, and he is a huge movie buff – as other Nikkala owners have attested, the couch is perfect for lounging and watching a movie. The couch’s moderate size also made it perfect for lugging up and down flights of stairs, as the majority of apartments in Paris don’t have elevators and are often five or six flights up. Besides a couple of moves, the couch’s destruction began with the claws of Pierre’s girlfriend’s cat, Tsunami, laying the ground work for years of further destruction.
Pierre and his girlfriend got married a few years later and moved to San Francisco together, shipping the Nikkala with them – six months spent on a container ship to get to the US before they finally got their furniture delivered. The couch saw them both adjust to a new country, learn a new language, and come to love the city of steep hills and 4 ‘o clock fog. But after a few years disaster struck – Pierre lost his job (and consequently the right to stay in the country) at the same time as his marriage was dissolving. When his then ex-wife moved back to France, he packed up his stuff and took a job opportunity in Vancouver, looking for a fresh start. The Nikkala got packed into a truck once again and made another cross-country journey.
That was four years ago, and Pierre and I met shortly afterward. We spent many evenings on that couch as we got to know each other and eventually fell in love. Two and a half years ago we moved in together and the Nikkala had a feline friend once again. Our cat Lola has sped up the demise of the current slipcover, bringing it to it’s current state.
Once a vibrant orange, our faded-peach friend is still incredibly comfy and the frame and cushions are in great shape. We’ve also since trained our cat to not destroy the couch in the future by purchasing her a proper scratching post and putting double-sided tape on the couch to break her habits. We would love to give this couch a second chance just as Pierre had his chance a few years ago. We’ve chosen a nice graphite grey to contrast our bright colours in the carpet and the cushions, and we think this will be stain and wear resistant – not to mention really classy.
We hope we can give our Nikkala a chance for love again! Thanks!” – Christine & Pierre