Architecture and Renovation : Making shoebox spaces sexy

Problems with fitting furniture in a car led to Ikea's flat-pack revolution. Now it has taken the concept of small is beautiful' one step further, writes Stephen Bourke.

5th October, 2014
Side table with lamp, priced at €65.

Industrial designers often speak of problems and solutions. Gillis Lundgren’s solution to the problem of a table that wouldn’t fit into a car was this: “Oh God, then, let’s pull off the legs and put them underneath.” It was 1956, and conditions were perfect for Lundgren’s solution to become a business formula. The draughtsman worked for a small Swedish furniture company called Ikea, and the company credits the strategy of packing things flat for its...

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