Standards are all around us, and we live in a society were we really can’t live without them. But I thought it would be interesting to understand the function of standards but also its limits.


For me, the ultimate standard is the IKEA Lack table. I think everybody in the world knows IKEA and got something from their in their houses. The Lack table is one of their most sold products. It is a side table which cost only €7,99. It is available in different colors and a very basic piece of furniture for your living- or bedroom.


I quite didn't understand how it is even possible to create this table for under €7,99 and still make a profit, so I took this value as the unit for a

new money system: The Lack Currency. To research how standardization makes it possible to create things so incredibly cheap.


So, I tried to build an identical Lack table my self. It will take about 4 hours of work, and only 14,29 LACK.