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Swedish designer who inspired Ikea flat-pack concept dies

Published 10/03/2016 | 17:36

Gillis Lundgren has been credited with inspiring the flat-pack, self-assembly concept that revolutionised Ikea
Gillis Lundgren has been credited with inspiring the flat-pack, self-assembly concept that revolutionised Ikea

Gillis Lundgren, who designed some of Ikea's best-selling furniture and played a role in developing the company's self-assembly concept, has died aged 86.

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Mr Lundgren joined Ikea as one of its first employees in the 1950s, working closely with its founder, Ingvar Kamprad.

He designed scores of products for the company, including the popular Billy bookcase.

Mr Lundgren has been credited with inspiring the flat-pack, self-assembly concept that revolutionised the company when, after a photo shoot for the Ikea catalogue, he removed the legs of a table so it could fit into a car.

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