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The very first IKEA store has been converted into the very first public IKEA museum. Here you can walk down the memory lane by watching complete room settings from different decades – and get yourself on the front cover of the IKEA Catalogue.
Yes, after three years of work, the doors have finally been thrown open to the public at the new IKEA Museum in Älmhult, Sweden. Or as the IKEA Museum puts it, “For 70 years people have welcomed IKEA into their homes. Now it’s our turn to welcome you to ours.” The museum is expecting around 200 000 visitors in the first year.
A wall filled with IKEA products in green, yellow, orange, red and natural.ping box background
IKEA HIGHLIGHTS 2016
WELCOME HOME,
TO IKEA
WRITER: CRAIG PRATT
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FACT
The IKEA® Museum
The IKEA Museum is located in Älmhult, Sweden - the place where it all began and is often referred to as “the heart of IKEA”. In fact, the museum is housed in the very building that was once the first IKEA store, which opened in 1958.
A view from the outside of the IKEA museum.The blue IKEA museum sign.
For 70 years people have welcomed IKEA into their homes. Now it’s our turn to welcome you to ours.
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Timetraveling with a modern twist
Walking towards the museum you’ll be struck by the sight of a sleek, white building - a classic example of 1950’s Scandinavian modernism, which looks surprisingly crisp and contemporary, even today. To find your way in, look for the white shipping container under the new, cantilevered roof. The container stands for logistics and distribution, something that’s vital to the IKEA Concept, and plays a large part in keeping prices down.
Once inside you’re greeted by 7 000 m2 distributed over three levels - a living museum consisting of a Main Exhibition where the IKEA story is shared, and a Temporary Exhibition taking a look at the future of life at home.
The museum also features a restaurant called “The Kitchen”, which seats 170 guests. Its menu is based on the iconic IKEA meatballs, but with a new, modern take.
Simply put, it’s a place for anyone interested in the IKEA history. For the die-hard fan there’s even a shop where you can buy a limited number of IKEA products that are not available anywhere else, or maybe that premium pre-loved favourite which is no longer being sold. One visit should answer all the IKEA questions you’ve ever had - and some you didn’t even know you had. Like the ballcoaster. What on earth is that?
Let’s just say it will bring a smile to your kids’ faces. And yours too.
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THE IKEA MUSEUM
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For more info about the museum go to ikeamuseum.com
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IKEA Museum
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Number of objects in the IKEA Museum Archives and collections
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MEET BILLY AT HIS
COUNTRYSIDE BIRTHPLACE
He has been around for nearly four decades. Most of us have either lived with him or gotten to know him at a friend’s place. Come along and meet BILLY at his countryside birthplace where about 4.5 million BILLY bookcases see daylight each year.
Get the full story about the BILLY production
PROTECTING DESKS
… AND THE PLANET
Why not take recycling one step further and actually make new products out of waste? A few years back, someone at IKEA had this ‘crazy idea’… But now, this is turning into reality, saving money for the customers and finite resources for Mother Earth.
Learn more about the crazy idea
PEEKING INTO THE WORLD’S
LARGEST PRINT PRODUCTION
Translated into 33 languages, in 48 different markets, reaching about 255 million people, this year’s IKEA Catalogue welcomed everyone to be themselves. The statement was clear: IKEA doesn’t design furniture for consumers - they design for people. And the reality? People are human, and humans are not perfect.
Get a peek behind the scenes
FURNITURE MADE OUT OF PAPER. NO, SERIOUSLY!
Sofas and chairs made from the same stuff as egg cartons? And bench tops and table legs made from bamboo? Anything is possible as IKEA design-teams explore a world of materials.
Learn more about new materials
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IKEA HIGHLIGHTS
Many companies, organisations and people, together, shape IKEA. Each and every person, idea and solution contribute to the big picture. IKEA Highlights collects stories from different parts of the IKEA world to describe this year’s accomplishments, quirks and maybe even a few slips. Good thing we’re all human.
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A FORCE FOR GOOD DESIGN
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, David Wahl was given a mission. A young IKEA designer, David was asked to produce a unique object that could defeat the darkness in homes across the planet, bringing light and hope to the many. The result was the IKEA PS Pendant lamp: a planet-like lighting fixture that ‘explodes’ at the pull of a string, spilling warm, glorious light across surrounding spaces.
Read the full story about the IKEA PS Pendant lamp
MOST THINGS STILL
REMAIN TO BE DONE
Have you ever wondered where IKEA came from? Or how a simple country boy from Småland was inspired to create one of the world’s leading brands and help create a better everyday life for millions of people?
Find the answers in the full story