IKEA’s just done what it should have done a long time ago: it made a museum. Because IKEA’s so good at making stuff (or at least getting us to make its stuff), we’re not really surprised they’re opening a few creative exhibits.
The museum will open on June 30 in the very first Älmhult IKEA shop, so even if you’re not interested in checking out the nicely decorated museum rooms, you can visit for some good ol’ IKEA nostalgia.
Most of the museum will feature decorated rooms with iconic and popular furniture from the early twentieth century. But, this is IKEA we’re talking about, so naturally, the exhibits will be different from the showrooms at an ordinary IKEA. Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in 1943 and didn’t even start selling furniture until 1948, meaning the exhibits will be way more exciting than just having everyday furniture and Swedish meatballs (those are in there too though). It takes real talent to make furniture and its history seem fun. Well done, IKEA, well done.
There’s now an IKEA museum in Sweden
Employee clothing from the 1950sNow you can browse chairs, tables, lamps and employee clothing. That's right, IKEA's staff clothing will be on display at the museum. Not sure whether we like the air hostess-like outfits or the modern yellow ones more. Guess we'll have to go in person for a closer look.IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
IKEA catalogue coversHave you ever dreamed of being able to see every IKEA catalogue cover ever made? And do you want to take a walk down memory lane alongside everyone's favourite furniture shop? At the museum, you can finally enjoy all of IKEA's catalogue covers in a single room.IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
Swedish meatball sculptureNo words are needed to even attempt to explain why they made a Swedish meatball sculpture. This right here is clearly the reason why we'd visit.IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
The Allen KeyWe have to admit, they got pretty creative with this one. Witness the Allen key like never before: suspended from a string. Brilliant.IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
Samples of materialsBrowse from countless fabric and colour samples that people, somewhere out there, have in their houses. We could stare for hours.IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
Money boxThis is the actual box that the founder of IKEA kept his money in. We're pretty sure he eventually had to get a bigger box.IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
KOLDING, MTP and DANSKE furnitureThe museum will also feature furnished rooms styled from the early twentieth century. If only we could sit around that table, and pass around a bowl of Swedish meatballs, right now. IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
Kitchen from the 1940sAlthough the decor in this kitchen's a little out-dated, in the 1940s, people would go wild for this kind of stuff. The calming, pastel hue of the cupboards must be seen in person to truly experience IKEA's best creations. Vintage, anyone?IKEA Museum Press Room, © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2016.
Tickets cost around $10 CAD for adults, $6 for kids under 18 and are free for children under 6 (60 and 40 SEK, respectively). We’d love to go too, but first we have to finish building that bookshelf.