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article imageWhat’s next for Ikea? A museum

By Martin Laine     May 11, 2014 in Business
Swedish furnishings giant Ikea, with a long list of innovations to its credit, has yet another up its sleeve. The king of flat-pack, self-assembled furniture wants to turn its first store into a museum dedicated to the company’s history.
“We have seen that there is a lot of interest in our history of 70 years,” said Michele Acuna, managing director of the site of the future museum, according to an article in The Local.
IKEA was founded in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad using money given to him by his father for completing school with good grades, according to a company history. The name is derived from Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd — the initials of his name and the farm and village where he lived.
At first he sold such items as pens, wallets, and picture frames to people in the area. As the business grew, he expanded it into a mail-order business. In 1948, he introduced furniture into his line of products and in 1951 he produced the company’s first catalogue.
Then, in 1953, the company opened its first furniture showroom in nearby Amhult, in southern Sweden. It is this building that Ikea wants to renovate and turn into a museum.
“We intend to tell stories not only on our product range but also on how the Ikea business developed and about people, and of course to give a fun and interactive experience to people,” Acuna said.
The company plans to open the museum in 2015 and hopes to attract 200,000 visitors per year.
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