Armchair (flat pack)

IKEA

Poäng (1976), Noboru Nakamura

Founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA is a the world’s leading manufacturer and retailer of ready-to-assemble furniture. IKEA is an acronym of the initials of the founder and the place where he grew up: Elmtaryd in Agunnaryd. IKEA is mostly known for its modernist designs and draws parallels with the Bauhaus movement.

Designed in 1976 by Noboru Nakamura, the iconic Poäng armchair is one of IKEA’s most recognizable pieces. The chair’s seat was originally made from tubular steel, but IKEA switched to an all-wood frame and also narrowed the size. This allowed the chair to be flat packed, reducing the consumer price by 20%. IKEA has produced over 30 million Poäng chairs since its debut, and it continues to sell about 1.5 million every year.

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