Gillis Lundgren, Designer of BILLY Bookcase, Dies at 86

Gillis Lundgren, Designer of BILLY Bookcase, Dies at 86

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Tara Bellucci
Mar 15, 2016
(Image credit: via Dezeen)

Chances are, you have something designed by Gillis Lundgren in your home. The IKEA designer passed away on February 25. He was 86.

Lundgren was born in Sweden in 1929, and joined IKEA as the company's fourth employee. Not only did he design BILLY (which IKEA makes 15 of every single minute), he is also credited with inspiring the flat pack, self-assembly concept when he removed the legs from a table so it would fit in a car.

"We remember Gillis as a man full of ideas that he quickly turned into practical products," said a statement from IKEA to Dezeen. "He contributed to our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people."

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