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IKEA Museum: a captivating glimpse into the brand’s rich history

In honor of its 80th anniversary, IKEA presents two captivating exhibitions, “IKEA Through the Ages” and “Hej Ingvar!”, at the IKEA Museum in Älmhult

Commencing his journey by selling pens and matches in Småland, Sweden, in 1943, Ingvar Kamprad laid the foundation for IKEA, which has grown into one of the country’s most iconic and successful brands, finding its place in homes worldwide. In commemoration of this remarkable trajectory, the IKEA Museum in Älmhult is relaunching with two captivating exhibitions.

IKEA Through the Ages

“IKEA Through the Ages” invites visitors on a captivating voyage through time, exploring the brand’s evolution from the 1950s to the present. Delve into how IKEA has shaped trends, become a design hub, and influenced and been influenced by major cultural shifts throughout its 80-year history.

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According to Mats Nilsson, the exhibition curator, the brand’s journey is intertwined with Sweden’s history and the contemporary era, forming the essence of the exhibition’s content. Reflecting on our shared experiences, the exhibition showcases familiar elements alongside surprising discoveries.

Hej Ingvar!

The second exhibition, “Hej Ingvar!”, offers an intimate and personal portrayal of Ingvar Kamprad’s life. Unveiling previously unseen interviews with former employees, IKEA legends, and close friends, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the visionary behind the IKEA phenomenon.

[ Read also ‘Assembling the Future Together.’ – an interview with IKEA’s Marcus Engman ]

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Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA / © IKEA Museum

Anna Sandberg Falk, the exhibition curator, focuses on Ingvar Kamprad’s resolute and unconventional approach to business and leadership. His fearlessness, empathy, and creative drive are highlighted, emphasizing the traits that laid the groundwork for the world’s leading furniture retailer.

On June 15th, the IKEA Museum in Älmhult will reopen its doors (official website), inviting visitors to celebrate 80 years of furniture history and embark on an immersive journey into the legacy of IKEA.


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