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Ikea to cease printing catalogue after ‘profitable profession’ that spanned 70 years

At its peak, the Ikea catalogue was mentioned to have a better circulation than that of the Bible. However whereas round 40m copies of the Bible are anticipated to be distributed around the globe subsequent 12 months, {the catalogue} of the Swedish furnishings large will, after seven many years, not be printed as a result of demand has fallen.

“It has been one in all our best-known and best-loved merchandise for 70 years, inspiring billions of individuals around the globe,” an Ikea supervisor, Konrad Grüss, mentioned in a press release. As ever fewer individuals have been studying it, resulting in the choice to “respectfully finish the profitable profession of the Ikea catalogue”.

The primary catalogue appeared in 1950 in Swedish solely. It was 16 pages lengthy and listed all the corporate’s merchandise, accompanied by easy black and white drawings.

A 12 months later, it had expanded to 68 pages, put collectively by Ikea’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad, that includes a brown upholstered rocking chair on its entrance cowl. About 285,000 copies have been distributed, however solely in southern Sweden. It rapidly grew to become an annual perception into up to date trendy dwelling and a bible in its personal proper for lovers of flat-pack furnishings. Some libraries even carry back-copies of {the catalogue}, which has change into a collector’s merchandise.

The journal has been obtainable on-line since 1998, however whereas the web model has regularly made the paper one out of date, it too will likely be discontinued, Grüss mentioned.

The choice is a part of a long-term firm overhaul because it makes an attempt to deal with the rising competitors it faces from a rising variety of furnishings startups which might be biting at its heels.

Its personal on-line commerce rose by 45% final 12 months, thanks largely to its providing to prospects of ever extra choices to create their residence areas digitally, particularly utilizing augmented actuality to venture pictures of furnishings on to the partitions of their properties.

In autumn 2021, Ikea plans a homage to its catalogue within the type of a e-book with ideas and inspirational concepts for DIY inside design.

Whereas talks about the way forward for {the catalogue} had been ongoing for 4 years, Grüss mentioned the ultimate resolution was taken previously few months as discussions on a 2022 version have been underneath approach.

Circulation reached a peak in 2016, when 200m copies in 32 totally different languages have been distributed worldwide.

{The catalogue} is commonly cited alongside the Bible, the Qur’an and Harry Potter books when it comes to whole variety of copies printed, however Grüss mentioned he was uncertain whether or not it had ever claimed the highest spot.

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