It’s in almost every home nowadays. Chances are, you’re already familiar with its products before you even see the yellow-and-blue logo. Inside their stores reveal a cross between a warehouse and a showroom. Their minimalist furniture is known all over the world for being eco-friendly, ready-to-assemble, and low-cost.
But what’s the story behind one of the world’s most famous furniture brands, IKEA?
Behind the Name IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad has been quite the entrepreneur. He started early by selling matches when he was 5 years old. Making the best use of time was encouraged in 1930s Sweden – especially if you’re living in a struggling economy. This made him grow up in a world where finding what people need meant a better chance at living, if not thriving. It proved to be valuable experience.
The company he was known for started in 1943 as a mail-order sales business, and expanded to the furniture seller we know today five years later. It was quite the success in his home country, branching outside of Scandinavia in 1963. Its expansion beginning in the 1970s saw its operations going into the rest of Europe, in the Americas, and even in Asia.
Today, this is a go-to place when you’re looking for relatively affordable and easy-to-use DIY self-assembled furniture.
FREE IKEA Font
The switch was made because Verdana couldn’t support Asian languages. Noto on the other hand, can support 800 different languages, including Japanese, traditional Chinese, Arabian, and old Hungarian. You can find this for FREE at Google Fonts. Just download the version you prefer (e.g. Noto Kufi Arabic supports 81 languages in 55 regions).
For those who would like the font used on the logo alone, you can download it from Font Meme.