Since Ingvar Kamprad began his career selling pens and matches in the southern Swedish province of Småland in 1943, IKEA has become one of Sweden’s most successful companies and one of our most iconic brands – with a natural place in homes around the world. To highlight this unique journey, IKEA Museum in Älmhult is being relaunched with two new exhibitions.
IKEA Through the Ages takes visitors on a journey through time and the company’s history – from the 1950s to today. Visitors can discover how IKEA has been transformed as a company, a centre for design and a trendsetter over the past 80 years, and how IKEA has influenced and been influenced by the major trends of the different eras.
According to Mats Nilsson, exhibition curator at IKEA Museum, the company has both shaped and been shaped by Sweden’s history and the contemporary age – something that will form the basis for the content of the exhibition.
“Most people have some kind of relationship to IKEA. Many of us have lived with IKEA furniture, textiles, lamps and other home furnishings since childhood. Portraying a small part of this – as well as the company’s development in good times and bad – has been hugely educational and enjoyable. We hope and believe that most people who visit the exhibitions will see a lot they recognise, as well as a few surprises here and there,” says Nilsson.
The second exhibition, Hej Ingvar!, offers a more intimate, personal glimpse into Ingvar Kamprad’s life. Thanks to previously unpublished interviews – with former employees, IKEA legends and old friends and acquaintances – visitors can gain a more in-depth understanding of the man behind the phenomenon that is IKEA.
“In this exhibition, we chose to focus on Ingvar Kamprad’s resolute and unconventional way of doing business and leading a company. He was a fearless, engaged leader who always saw the people around him. We want to emphasise the personality, creativity and driving force that laid the foundation for the world’s leading furniture store,” says Anna Sandberg Falk, exhibition curator at IKEA Museum.
The reopening will take place at IKEA Museum in Älmhult on 15 June, where visitors can celebrate 80 years of furniture history.