Last week, it was announced, amid much over-use of the word "iconic", that the IKEA Catalogue was going into retirement after 70 years' sterling service. I thought I'd take the opportunity to dig out my collection which probably isn't quite iconic, but does span four decades - and sits in an IKEA box upstairs in my IKEA-furnished office.
The first catalogue I have is from 1990:
This pre-dates my arrival in Germany, but I saw plenty of the black, deep blue and purple look for interiors in my first few years here. Check out this black leathery office:
The first catalogue that came legitimately into my postbox (I suspect I saved the 1990 deep blue horror from a clear-out at the IKEA offices at some point) was the 1997 edition - still in DM, note.
Many items from this catalogue featured in my first flat here in Germany - and some survive, handed down to my son, who set up his first flat a year ago. Think they call that "circular economy" these days. The catalogue also featured what I think was the first PS Collection:
Bauhaus, eat your heart out! Moving into the 21st century, and the year we set up house - 2004:
I bought several items from this Kingdom of Children collection - note: no pink Princesses:
In 2010, the catalogue shrank a little in overall dimensions, but the cover took an expansive approach:
Which brings me to the latest example I have - behind the times as ever, I only have the 2020 edition, not the very last one:
I am sure there will be people who will be pleased to see the back of the IKEA catalogue. Well, here you are. Note the LACK table's decrease in price from 1997 (DM) to 2007 to 2010.
As they say in Sweden: