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October 27, 2005

Slipper Pillow


My favorite object of the year.

The designer, Maria Vinka, said her feet were always cold in Sweden, where she lives.

She was always searching for a pillow to put her sock–clad feet under.

Then she realized she could put the socks in the pillow and save a step.

Thus does creativity manifest itself — at least at higher latitudes.

It's called the PS Genevad footie cushion (item #10093287), measures 12" x 12" and comes in assorted colors and patterns.

$4.99 at Ikea stores worldwide.

I want one in the worst way.

But Charlottesville, Virginia has no Ikea store nor do I expect one to arrive during this century.

I tried to buy a footie cushion online but even with the assistance of my crack research team was unable to locate it on any of Ikea's numerous country–specific websites.

Then I tried the Ikea phone order number (800-434-IKEA/4532).

I am very patient, so being on hold for about 35 minutes didn't bother me at all — I mean, I was busy, true, but it was doing something close to nothing (but different from the day before).

Then a miracle happened.

A young woman named Chantal came on the line and was able to deal with my bizarre phone manner and asides and overall strangeness and not hang up.

At first I could tell she was not too happy with me but I quickly shaped up.

And by the end of our conversation — punctuated by several more periods on hold while she investigated why it was I couldn't find the item online — in the end, it turned out that to buy a PS Genevad footie cushion I'd have to personally visit an Ikea store to purchase one because they're not available by phone order either, but no matter, I found this personable Ikea employee (also an up–and–coming–soprano with a recital planned to take place in Baltimore, Maryland next year — but I digress) a kindred spirit, so much so that she was laughing to the point of crying when she envisioned my scenario of someone bolting from the couch to run to the bathroom during a commercial with their feet in a footie cushion, only to do a face plant and crack their skull open, later to be found by the Rescue Squad unconscious, with blood streaming out of their ear and both feet still in the cushion.

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I think this is one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time. Not for me but for the countless number of people in wheelchairs that can't wear shoes because of their disability. What a way to keep their feet warm and cozy and SAFE in the bad weather. Too bad our IKEA is selling them for $14.99 where you stated they are supposed to be $4.99!!
I know of a residence for handicapped adults (since my grown son lives there also) that could use at least 1/2 dozen of these. I will have to get down to IKEA and buy more.

Posted by: Ruthanne | Jan 7, 2007 8:01:07 PM

Can you tell me where to purchase one of these slipper pillows? I have searched the Ikea website and there is no matches about it on the site. I really want one.

Posted by: Lauren | Feb 27, 2006 1:37:34 PM

Joe, send me your address, I'll purchase and mail you the pillow.

Posted by: Robin | Oct 28, 2005 8:45:39 AM


I have a friend who works for Ikea and she's based in Northern Virginia, not too far from you. Want me to arrange a purchase?

Just let me know.

Posted by: Jon Lowder | Oct 27, 2005 5:16:45 PM

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