Some assembly required is an understatement with some of the furniture sold at IKEA, but love it or hate it IKEA changed the world.
Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died at 91, the company said Sunday.
IKEA Sverige, the chain’s Swedish unit, said on Twitter that Kamprad died Saturday at his home in Smaland, southern Sweden. Later it said he died peacefully following a short illness.
“He will be much missed and warmly remembered by his family and IKEA staff all around the world,” the company said.
Jesper Brodin, CEO and President of the IKEA Group, said Kamprad’s “legacy will be admired for many years to come and his vision — to create a better everyday life for many people — will continue to guide and inspire us.”
The estate inventory showed that Kamprad had donated more than $20 million to philanthropic causes in 2012 alone.
In June 2013, Kamprad announced that he would retire from the board which controls the IKEA brand as part of moves to hand responsibilities over to his son, Mathias.
Kamprad is survived by a daughter Annica from his first marriage to Kerstin Wadling and three sons — Peter, Jonas and Mathias — from his marriage to Margaretha Stennert.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.