How did IKEA develop the characteristic style? I know there is a catalog each year, but I'm looking more for a summary and overview of the design evolution. I understand it's not as significant as, for example, Braun's design for which a design history article exists. Nonetheless IKEA is a term many are familiar with and the furniture is found in many urban homes (at least in Europe).

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    Not exactly what you are looking for, but interesting nonetheless: How has Ikea changed furniture design?
    – yannis
    Jun 24, 2013 at 5:21
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    Wikipedia is your friend: ikea.com/ms/en_AU/about_ikea/the_ikea_way/history ...
    – Drux
    Jun 24, 2013 at 7:17
  • The BBC link in the comments looks like something I'm looking for, only then in a book/article form. The history link of the IKEA website is just a brief timeline of the company. It does mention the introduction of certain products, but is very brief and does not place inside the design history context. So unfortunately the latter is not what I'm looking for. Jun 24, 2013 at 7:42
  • To my knowledge there are a variety of books related to IKEA for example, the following: Ikea the Book; The IKEA Edge; and Leading By Design. But many of these are business related. IKEA the Book is probably your most promising source. Although the question you pose is ripe for independent research. It seems like enough material for a decent sized book.
    – franklin
    Jun 27, 2013 at 0:21
  • The question gets periodically re-examined in meta; if you desire to change it, I think that is the right place to start. I think this question could be within scope with relatively minor edits; I will make an attempt.
    – MCW
    Apr 15, 2014 at 15:46

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Check Harvard Business Review. I've bought their "IKEA and Ingvar Kamprad" and "IKEA Invades America" articles (each are about $5) which both include information regarding some of their earlier approaches to design.

  • Could you please add a link to the articles? Using the search function of HBR yields nothing... It will also make your answer more useful for future visitors. Apr 14, 2014 at 15:43
  • Check this query hbr.org/search/ikea/0 let me know if it still doesn't work. You might need to register first. Apr 14, 2014 at 16:15
  • Thanks, that works. Strangely when I just use the search field this is the result (a general page, with links to most popular articles). Apr 14, 2014 at 17:54

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