Icelandic Couple Sued For "Ugly" Ikea Kitchen in NYC Hotel

It's a Scandinavian scandal

By Mariel Smith
|  Thursday, Feb 25, 2010  |  Updated 5:12 PM EDT
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Beware of what furniture you buy when sprucing up a ritzy hotel room: One rich Icelandic couple is feeling the wrath for using low-budget Swedish furniture.

A real estate company is suing an Icelandic investment mogul Jon Asgeir Johannesson and his stylist wife Ingibjorg Palmadottir for $52,000 in damages for installing an "ugly" kitchen with Ikea products in their 16th-floor apartment at the Gramercy Hotel.
 
Last year, the couple rented out the apartment for $312,000 where they delayed a promised renovation of the kitchen. Upon completing the kitchen, the Paramount Realty Group of America Corp. was less than thrilled with the results.

The lawsuit filed yesterday in Manhattan on behalf of the real estate company claimed "the kitchen installed was not reasonably satisfactory...as it did not rise to the level of a kitchen suitable for a property located at 50 Gramercy Park North," reported the Daily News.

"Defendants willfully installed what [Jon Asgeir Johannesson] defined as an 'ugly' kitchen," the suit says, according to the News. "The kitchen installed is manufactured by Ikea, which is generally known to offer low budget furniture."

According to 50 Gramercy Park North's website, the John Pawson-designed kitchens in the apartments are "clad in American cherry wood, satin finished stainless steel and Corian, accentuated with the high-quality Varenna cabinetry and double sinks."
 

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