Ingvar Kamprad was just 17 years old when he founded the Swedish furniture store. Today, according to his company, the founder of IKEA died at the age of 91 in his house in Småland, Sweden.
“We mourn our founder and dear friend Ingvar”, says Jesper Brodin, CEO and President of the IKEA Group. “His legacy will be admired for many years to come, and his vision will continue to guide and inspire us.” No wonder, Ingvar Kamprad was not only one of the richest people in the world, he has also revolutionized the way people all over the world settle in.
Kamprad was born in 1926. At the age of 17, he founded today's IKEA furniture store in his home town Älmhult and initially supplied products such as ballpoint pens and picture frames by bicycle at reasonable prices. It was not until 1947 that furniture (still assembled at that time) was added to the programme. In 1956, Ingvar Kamprad turned completely to furniture with the Lövet table, the first piece of furniture to be built in-house. Today IKEA presents us daily new stylish living ideas.
We think of the family and friends of the founder of IKEA. Let Ingvar Kamprad - a revolutionary in the furniture industry - rest in peace and accompany us for a long time to come.