IKEA Founder and Creator Dies in Sweden
Ingvar Kamprad created the most popular modern furniture brand in the world. Here are five of IKEA's famous products.
The IKEA Newsroom reported that its founder and owner Ingvar Kamprad (above photo and below) died peacefully at the age of 91 last Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Sweden. He was celebrated for creating the furniture giant IKEA in 1943, when he was only 17, and was one of the richest men in the world.
Kamprad created the most popular furniture brand in the world, and also changed how we buy and use furniture; creating easy-to-assemble and ship furnishings and decor that were affordable to all. "His legacy will be admired for many years to come and his vision—to create a better everyday life for many people—will continue to guide and inspire us," says IKEA's current CEO and president Jesper Brodin.
If you've ever wondered, "IKEA" stands for "Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Aggunaryd," an acronym of Kamprad's initials, the farm he grew up in, and his hometown (Smaland, the town where he passed away, is also the name of IKEA's line of children's furniture). In honor of Kamprad, we've rounded up IKEA's most popular furniture pieces; you probably have at least one at home.
1. The Poang Chair
This streamlined, durable, and extremely comfortable bentwood lounge chair is a design classic, and IKEA sells approximately 1.5 million pieces a year.
2. Billy Bookcase
These ubiquitous bookcases can be seen in almost every neo-nester's living room. Its modular form allows the user to add more bookcases to form a system. One Billy Bookcase is sold every ten seconds!
3. Malm Bed Frame
One of the most widely used beds in the world is actually perfect in its modern minimalism, with its straightforward, efficient form and classic finishes.
4. Lack Table
This low table is flexible enough to be used as either coffee or side table, and at US$7.99, is one of the most affordable furniture pieces out there.
5. Swedish meatballs
Kottbular or Swedish meatballs has been a traditional food staple, but IKEA introduced it to the world by serving the dish at their cafeterias, which you can't miss on your way to the checkout counters. Would you believe more than two million Swedish meatballs are sold at IKEA worldwide, every day?
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