The man who changed the way we buy furniture passed away this weekend. Ingvar Kamprad, who started IKEA in 1943, was 91.
Kamprad was a controversial person. Known for his frugality, he also apologized for his interest in the Nazi movement, asking for forgiveness for his ignorance.
His stores were noted for affordability and convenience. Rather than waiting 6-8 weeks for furniture to be delivered, customers simply browsed through the showroom before grabbing their purchases in the warehouse. They may also have enjoyed a dinner of Swedish meatballs or hassle free shopping while their children played in the ball pool.