Thursday, October 27, 2016

IKEA Then & Now Exhibit

Me on the cover of a mock catalogue. Ikea models usually don't look at the camera.
IKEA Canada is celebrating its 40th birthday with a special "Then and Now Exhibit" at the Design Exchange.

The exhibit includes a short history of Ingvar Kamprad story - the entrepreneur who started IKEA in Smaland, Sweden in the 1950s.  Some early products of  his mail order business are on display, including socks and Christmas cards.

There four "rooms" on display.   Below is the dining room, the focus is the pine furniture which was unique to IKEA.

There is a large wall of IKEA catalogue covers from the past 40 years. Below is just half the display.
IKEA came to Canada in the early 70s.  Do you remember the Viking and the Moose?
The exhibit also includes a few of the toys from IKEA's line for children.

Of course the mice!
At the end of the exhibit, a giant ball pit awaits.

What is your favourite IKEA product? 

The FRAKTA shopping bag is one of mine!
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  1. This looks like it was so interesting! I did not know about the mice. The giant shopping bag makes a nice tote doesn't it? If you're interested in sewing your own, here is a free pattern: Just thought you might like to know.

  2. Ive never been to Ikea! but my daughters sometimes drive over to Canada to go there! were less then an hour from the falls. so not too far to go!
    have a great day!

  3. I remember going to the opening of the Toronto ikea branch, but that was in the late 1980's. The cars were queuing right back onto the motorway! I bought the white plastic babies high chair. But I do agree, what in the world did we do without the blue plastic ikea bags?!


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