IKEA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF THE ICONIC ‘POÄNG’ ARMCHAIR

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IKEA is celebrating the 40th birthday of the iconic POÄNG chair with the launch of six new limited edition cushion covers as well as one new armchair frame. It was designed in 1976 by Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura with IKEA’s design principles in mind; sustainability, affordability, form, function and quality. Would you believe that this chair has remained almost the same for all these forty years? In fact, the POÄNG armchair with it’s clean Scandinavian frame is one of the top-selling products at IKEA, with approximately 1.5 million sold globally each year.

“POÄNG is one of our most popular products, and our customers see it as a failsafe home essential. Its affordability makes it accessible to all, and the classic yet stylish design means that it fits into any décor scheme. POÄNG is a trusty favourite which can easily be personalised through the years with new cushion covers and materials to suit changing styles, all with the same comfort! When you buy POÄNG armchair you choose everything yourself, except the comfort – which is always included!” – Luis Lopez

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Here are a couple of facts about this iconic chair;

✖ The chair was originally called POEM, but was renamed POÄNG in 1992 to correspond with a series of changes and improvements made to it.

✖ Today’s price of the POÄNG chairs is approximately 21% lower than the price forty years ago.

✖ You might have seen a test machine in your local IKEA store, well they have had them since 1978! It shows the durable form of the POÄNG chair, and pressure-tests the chair 20 times per minute at 1000 newton for a standard 50,000 times. That’s like a 220lb person sitting in the chair 20 times per minute.

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Do you have this classic yet modern armchair in your home?

// Photo credit: IKEA

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Hi there! My name is Ingrid Opstad, I am originally from a little town in Norway but currently living near Milan, Italy with my boyfriend & dog. I have a Master Degree in graphic designer, but I am also working as a freelance journalist for Scan Magazine and a social media manager. That Scandinavian Feeling is a place for me to share my knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle and hygge.
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    • Hi Roberta, thank you so much! Lucky you – they are so comfortable. I don’t have space for any right now, but as soon as I do I will have to get one or two.. :-)

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