Created by famed Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura, the Poäng chair is one of the most iconic IKEA products of all time. It recently celebrated its 40th birthday with a limited-edition frame and six new covers.
Style, quality, and an affordable price point helped the Poäng chair stand the test of time.
1. The Billy bookcase is the most ubiquitous piece of IKEA furniture.
A Billy bookcase sells every 10 seconds, according to the New York Times. Why? It speaks directly to the IKEA ethos of simplicity that makes the company a global success.
The Billy bookcase can also grow with its owner over time. New shelves can be added when your library expands, and it's available in a variety of heights, widths, and finishes.
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But you don't care about them. You care about bringing your flat-pack home and having it placed in your living room within moments.
There are people to show off to. And you're tired of, well, making an effort. Ikea says this could reduce a building process that used to take 24 minutes to just three.
Think of what you could do with those additional 21 minutes. Watch a whole episode of a sitcom. Or read a whole James Patterson book.
I did adore this quote from Ikea's range and supply manager Jesper Brodin: "There are more divorces. So if you get kicked out [of your house] in the morning, you can reassemble your table in the afternoon."
The mere thought that Ikea has brought together so many modern needs in one simple invention makes my heart melt. Think of the metal that you won't have to use.
Most of all, though, this creation will turn you into a nicer person.
You will become less frustrated and more prepared to accept some of the other difficulties in your life.
Such as dragging yourself around vast Ikea stores and pushing past indecisive couples and unruly families.