The Man Behind Ikea's World-Conquering Flat-Pack Design

  • 2016-04-12
  • Fast Company Design

Gillis Lundgren, one the most important designers of the 20th century, has died at 86, The Washington Post reports. But there's a good chance you've never heard his name before.

Lundgren designed Ikea's logo, although that's not the only reason why you should know him. He also designed the minimalist Billy bookcase, which Ikea produces at a staggering rate of 15 units per minute. In a career that lasted over 60 years, the former head of design created more than 200 designs for Ikea.

Yet ultimately, what earns Lundgren his title as one of the most important designers of the 20th century, is that he pioneered flat-pack, ready-to-assemble furniture, an innovation that is hard to overstate.