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Thursday, 20 August 2015

IKEA

Ingvar Kamprad first started selling matchboxes as a child, before selling fountain pens, cigarette lighters and nylon stockings.

The then-17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in 1943 as a mostly mail-order sales business. The company's name is an acronym that consists of the initials of Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd, the farm in south Sweden on which grew up and Agunnaryd, the nearby village.

The first Ikea store in Ă„lmhult, Sweden. Photo by Christian Koehn. Wikipedia Commons
Flatpack furniture was invented in Sweden by Gillis Lundgren, a draughtsman hired by Ingvar Kamprad. Lundgren was trying to get a wooden table into the boot of a car, and decided to pull off the legs to make it fit. He then discussed the idea with his employers at IKEA, which developed the concept, launching its first piece in 1956.

The first item of Ikea flatpack furniture was a leaf-shaped side table, which originally appeared in the 1956 catalog.

IKEA publishes an annual catalog, first published in Swedish in 1951. IKEA published 198 million catalogs in 2014, surpassing the Bible in terms of printing.

It has been estimated that one in 10 Europeans were conceived in an Ikea bed.

The average size of an Ikea store is 300,000 square feet (27,871 square meters) - the equivalent of 42 tennis courts.

Ikea opened its largest store in South Korea in 2014, and it's 60,000 square metres (645,834 Sq ft)

1% of the Earth's wood supply is used by IKEA to make its furniture.

In China, it is acceptable to walk into an IKEA store to relax and take a nap.

Inggvar Kamprad (b March 30, 1926), the thrifty billionaire founder of Ikea buys his clothes at flea markets and once said he gets his hair cut while visiting developing countries to save money.

IKEA is actually Dutch. The furniture chain is operated by INGKA Holding, which is headquartered in Leiden, Netherlands.

IKEA's curtains are given mathematical names, bathroom products are named for lakes and rivers, and bookcases are named for occupations.

The IKEA HQ in the Netherlands had to stop offering their €1 breakfast because the highways couldn't handle the traffic it attracted.

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