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Opinion: Ingvar Kamprad we hardly knew ye...

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 February 2018

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This week we mark the sad passing of Ingvar Kamprad.

It’s not a name I knew till I heard the news. He was he man who founded Ikea.

His work changed our lives. He is credited with revolutionising the way we buy furniture but it’s more than that. He also changed the way we have arguments with our other halves. In the past we would stay at home rowing loudly, bothering the neighbours.

Anyone who has been for a weekend visit to the Ikea at Lakeside will realise that’s where to go if you want to fall out with your spouse.

And in this modern world Ingvar Kamprad created we do not shout at one another, we mutter under our breath to one another, which still gives away that we’re having a row.

If you notice someone speaking to their partner through a clenched jaw, gritted teeth, while both looking in the same direction you know they’re not saying, “I love you”.

In the olden days we would have someone make our furniture for us, but after Ingie we got to play at being a carpenter ourselves armed with the wrong screwdriver and an Allen key.

Following the instructions is like embarking on an Indiana Jones style puzzle, “Insert part A into slot F using the talisman of Mandal.”

When you have finished the item you have a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of a job well done as if you took a tree and whittled that table with your own hand.

So the next time you take a trip down the A13 to get some meatballs and tea lights think of the legacy of Ingvar Kamprad. Thank what he has left behind.

Probably three screws and a spare part A for some reason.

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