Swedish furniture giant IKEA unveiled plans to turn its first store into a museum.
When the old IKEA Älmhult store was replaced in November 2012 by a new store, it left a building rich with history at the heart of the IKEA world - the perfect home for the new IKEA Museum.
This first and only IKEA Museum will be “a house of stories”; stories about people, challenges, opportunities, design, homes and home furnishing. It plans to open in 2015. The ambition of the museum is to engage all visitors and encourage them to take an active part in the IKEA story.
Ikea was founded in 1943 not far from the southern Swedish town of Malmoe, a largely rural area lacking major tourist attractions.
There is already an 800-square-metre (8600-square-feet) exhibition space dedicated to the history of its products in another building, but Ikea has made an official request to renovate the former flagship store to host 3,500 square metres of exhibition space.