People Have A Lot Of Feelings About IKEA's Bisexual Sofa

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IKEA has celebrated Pride month by creating a range of 'love seats'.

The range of slipcovers are inspired by the different flags which represent the different sexual and gender identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella and has been designed by artists from the community.

As such there is a pansexual flag couch as well as transgender, lesbian, asexual, nonbinary, gender fluid and a design modelled on the progress flag - which as well as the traditional rainbow pride flag, incorporates baby pink, blue and white to represent the transgender community and black and brown stripes (that are designed as a chevron) to represents Black and Brown queer communities.

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The collection is currently only on display in IKEA Canada stores, and so also includes a sofa inspired by the two-spirit flag which some people from indigenous communities use to describe their sexual and gender identity.

The sofas all have different colours and designs co-ordinating to the flag they are representing. The asexual flag coach has a purple, black, white and grey design, while the progress flag has a bright floral aesthetic.

But, the design which has captured most of the internet's attention is the bisexual flag couch, designed by Charlotte Carbone (who also designed the non-binary and genderfluid flag sofas), which features of the bisexual pride flag: pink, purple and blue. It is also decorated with verses from a poem that the couch's inspiration - Brian Lanigan - wrote about his experiences with bi-erasure.

One of the most eye-catching facets of the couch is the different hands which seem to be engulfing the sofa, leaving some corners of the internet terrified:

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Others were encouraged by both the design and IKEA's entire collection.

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Lanigan also took to Twitter to address any concerns that some had with the messaging on the sofa, explaining the full words of his poem and how they reflected his experiences.

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