The dark blue PAVO was launched in two versions: as a coffee table and a TV bench. When PAVO was presented in the 1969 IKEA catalogue, it was mentioned that the furniture had already received a lot of attention in the interior design press. PAVO was described as a “fully modern solution for new, young furnishing”. And it certainly stood out in a catalogue still largely dominated by period furniture and crystal chandeliers.
Architect Karin Mobring was the woman behind PAVO. She was one of the most productive and trend-setting designers at IKEA. In the 1969 catalogue alone, she had as many as 24 products in addition to PAVO. Karin Mobring trained at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and had also been involved in the architecture firm of Carl Malmsten for a couple of years. At IKEA, she led a large part of the development work.
PAVO had a top of dark blue plastic lacquer, and an underframe in blue-lacquered steel tubing. For a very reasonable 11 kronor (EUR 1.1) extra, the TV bench could be fitted with castors.