Ikea is opening an exhibit in downtown Toronto to celebrate its 40th anniversary in Canada. Hosted at the Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, Ikea Then & Now will take visitors on a journey through the decades to demonstrate how Ikea has helped shape life at home in Canada. The exhibit is free to the public and will run from October 21 to 30. Ikea Then & Now tells the story of Ikea in Canada, featuring rooms displaying iconic furniture from the 1970s to today, with a glimpse into the future.
Inspired by the Ikea Musem in Älmhult, Sweden, the exhibit also pays homage to the ancestry of Ikea home furnishings and its unique democratic design philosophy of creating products that help create a better everyday life through their form, function, quality, sustainability and affordable price.
“Canadians have welcomed Ikea into their homes for the past 40 years and we are delighted to have reached this anniversary together,” said Dave McCabe, acting president, Ikea Canada. “The Ikea Then & Now exhibit offers visitors a chance to take a trip down memory lane, remembering how our homes have evolved over the last four decades. The exhibit also offers a behind the scenes look at the IKEA brand and business, which we are confident will continue to grow in Canada for the next 40 years and beyond.”
There will be many more things to experience at the exhibit, including a ball pit for both the young and young at heart. Visitors will also have the opportunity to be featured on the front cover of this year’s catalogue. And, just for dropping by, visitors will have a chance to win a week-long dream trip for two to the design capital of the world, Stockholm, Sweden.
At the exhibit there’s lots to see, do and experience. Find out more about how Ikea works with democratic design, its unique take on design that focuses on not just making things, but making things better.
Ikea Then & Now runs from October 21 to 30 at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto. Admission is free. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.