Jan 062013

Billy BookcaseWould you believe it, but this month the Billy bookcase, icon of IKEA is 30 years old! Unfortunately as a coincidence, IKEA has announced it is closing the factory in East Germany that makes it. This apparently is in order to move production somewhere cheaper with the result that over 170 people will now be unemployed in the town of Gardelegen, in Saxony-Anhalt. That of course, is not the Billy Bookcase’s fault.

There are more than 40million Billy Bookcases around the world today. An unusual statistic, you might say, unrivalled perhaps by any other item of minimalist furniture like this. What

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