Ikea Joins Walmart In The Possible Homage To Vonnegut Design Gang

About a month ago, we wrote about Walmart’s new logo, and its resemblance to one of Kurt Vonnegut’s favorite drawings. It’s happened again, although we might be, um, stretching it. While browsing Ikea the other day, we came across their Visen bathroom set, and, well, judge for yourself.

Pictured above is the triple hook, although there’s a whole series. For instance, the toilet paper holder:
Are we reading too much into this? Regardless, we’re buying the whole set, along with the signed Vonnegut print, and making the best bathroom ever.


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  1. mwdavis says:

    Oddly, Kurt Vonnegut is not known as the inventor of the asterisk or even of the circle.

  2. TomCruisesTesticles says:

    I thought the Mal-Wart logo was a stretch, but I could go for these

  3. TomCruisesTesticles says:

    @mwdavis: It is more like an star. Kurt’s was sort of an asterisk, with more circle in the middle

  4. xerotope says:

    Yes, you are reading too much into this.

    In fact, my “8” key was apparently designed by Vonnegut! *******

  5. homerjay says:

    So now everything with an asterisk on it is going to get posted?

    This is almost as exciting as the grocery shrink ray.

  6. TomCruisesTesticles says:

    @homerjay: You, along with every star commenter, are an ******* now

  7. Alex Chasick says:

    @mwdavis: Ok, ok. You two have made the requisite “Vonnegut invented the asterisk, my shift-8 key, etc.” comments. Let’s have no more of that and instead, plenty of juvenile humor while Ben is away.

  8. salviati says:

    Yes, you are reading WAY to much into it. For starters, the Vonnegut picture is of an 8 pointed asterisk. The Ikea image is a simple 5-pointed star (like the ones all 5-year old kids know how to draw). Please drop this series of articles before is seriously diminishes the credibility of Consumerist. By this line of thinking, the chinese symbol for tree ([z.about.com]) is also a rip off of Kurt Vonnegut

  9. theblackdog says:

    Jebus, between this and the Sunny D post, I wonder if there’s something in the water at Gawker HQ.

  10. hollywood2590 says:

    I have some new articles for you: “Starfish steals Vonnegut Design”, “Are Jewish people now worshiping Vonnegut?” and “The asterisk, or how Vonnegut based Slaughterhouse 5 on reality and used his time traveling abilities to form the masterpiece”.

  11. Snowblind says:

    The original artwork is called “Backdoor”.

    It is not an asterisk, or a starfish.

    It is a sphincter.

  12. PinkBox says:

    An asterisk isn’t really all that original of a design.

    Also, a ton of artists use a little * or x to signify a butthole. Nothing new about it – sorry!

    I can’t say I’d want to plaster a butthole all over my bathroom. Not any more than it is meant to be.

  13. reiyaku says:

    this too played out… can we move on to something new? the asterisk isnt all that interesting… it could be anything you want it to be -__-;;

  14. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    No, no particular resemblance. Sorry. You pushed it a bit too far.

  15. mermaidshoes says:

    the identity of the asterisk inventor aside, the vonnegut print + ikea visen bathroom decorating idea is genius. now, what to do for a shower curtain? perhaps: [www.walmart.com]

    also, bathroom reading: [www.amazon.com]

  16. timx says:

    I still think the new W*M logo looks like an a-hole

  17. morganlh85 says:

    Come on guys. It’s an asterisk. Vonnegut did not invent it.

  18. Adisharr says:

    Things must be slow when this makes it on the site.

  19. homerjay says:

    @TomCruisesTesticles:an awesome guy?? Gee, thanks mister!

  20. Rajio says:

    That settles it. I’m unsubscribing from consumerist for a while. You’re officially on time out.


    zomg! theres a drawing of an asshole on my keyboard! oh noes!

  21. GearheadGeek says:

    looking at just the title of the article in the RSS feed made me feel a little queasy at first… I only saw “IKEA Joins Walmart in the possible homage to” and couldn’t really get past the “IKEA Joins Walmart” part at the beginning. I thought it was a sign of the apocalypse.

  22. dorianh49 says:

    I thought Barry Bonds invented the assterisk?

  23. thewriteguy says:

    Phallic imagery (the Sunny D logo) and now anal imagery — all in one day. The Consumerist has nuked the fridge.

  24. jusooho says:

    I could have sat down next to this thing every day for a year and never thought of this assocciation with asshole… Why do you notice?

  25. stupidjerk says:

    how can far-fetched things that look like stars, not drawn by vonnegut be considered worthy of anyone’s attention?

    why not do an in depth report on how apple’s designs are all ripoff’s of minimalist guru dieter rams instead? that’d get more clicks

  26. thewriteguy says:


  27. Nick1693 says:

    @Snowblind: “It is a sphincter.

    That explains the tag “Vonnegut’s asshole”

  28. Snowblind says:


    “Ceci n’est pas une asshole”

  29. mariospants says:

    I’m surrounded by assholes.

  30. deadsalmon says:

    Just to restate what’s been said already for emphasis…

    Kurt Vonnegut did not invent the asterisk. This is not interesting material. Get over it.

  31. SirGumbo says:

    The company I work for had no problem with my displaying a copy of “Back Door” as long as they thought it was an asterisk. When a LITERATE co-worker recognized it as KV’s Asshole, I was required to take it down. I guess an asterisk ISN’T just an asterisk after all!

  32. dave731 says:

    Toilet paper holder …. I get it.

  33. cmdrsass says:

    “Are we reading too much into this?”

    For the last time, YES!

  34. RhodyDave says:

    I’d like to trade all the world’s Walmarts for one Vonnegut.

  35. homerjay says:

    @dorianh49: Cue the rimshot.

  36. RageTowers says:

    Careful guys, if you censor your curses you’re ripping off Vonnegut

  37. NoLongerInUse says:

    Please stop with this sort of garbage. Vonnegut didn’t write the wikipedia article on asterisk, either.

  38. HAhahaha, best bathroom ever indeed. I’d smile every time I saw it.

    (Also, way to flush out (oo! secondary pun!) all your commenters who have NO sense of humor…)

  39. DwightIsMyCopilot says:

    So it goes!

  40. HIV 2 Elway says:

    Kilgore Trout approves.

  41. WTF?

  42. B says:

    Where’s the cat, where’s the cradle?

  43. Farquar says:

    Sometimes an asterisk is just an asterisk.

    Sometimes an asterisk is an asshole.

    You just have to get your hands dirty to find out.

  44. FrugalFreak says:

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  45. TeraGram says:



    Did you see the soap dispenser and tooth-brush caddy?


    The toothbrush caddy is especially sweet with little * cut-outs to hold the device you use to scrub your mouth.


  46. sahhhm says:

    hahaa… but it’s Vonnegut! Gotta love it!

  47. Audiyoda says:

    @dorianh49: Ding ding ding ding DING! We have a winner!

  48. ShariC says:

    You were making too much of this the first time you mentioned it.

    Is Gawker trying to do for certain pop cultural notions what the Simpsons tried to do for new words?

  49. Onouris says:

    Sorry did I miss the memo saying the ‘star’ shape was trademarked now?

  50. DeafLEGO says:

    God! MORE Cat buttholes!

  51. Marshfield says:

    Another vote for “pushed too far” and I really should just shut up and let this thread die as soon as possible….must…stop… typing….

  52. no.no.notorious says:

    I imagine the Walmart board meeting on the new logo something like: “Vonnegut’s asterisk-like painting would make an AMAZING logo for our company!”

    I’m about 70% sure that it didn’t happen that way.

  53. darkryd says:

    Jeez, Consumerist.

    Stop being such a drama queen. Its just an asterisk.

  54. FrugalFreak says:

    You’ve g0t to be kidding me. Kurt V0nnegut invented the star? this d0esn’t even resemble Wal-marts l0g0. and Wal-marts new l0g0 looks like s0me sites “flash l0ading” ic0ns 0n web t0 me. C0nsumerist needs a meeting so they can reorganize and get back to where they used to be in terms of consumer reporting integrity.

    NOT one curse word! not one put down! just an honest opinion, DO you always censor vocal criticism of the site and actions here c0nsumerist?

  55. FrugalFreak says:


    I’m joining ya. maybe they will rehire somebody or 12 soon