30 Years of IKEA's KLIPPAN Sofa: 1979 - 2009

Yesterday, I attended an IKEA event designed to kick off the 2010 IKEA Catalog and showcase the Swedish retailer's newest offerings. Part of the message was the 30th Birthday of the KLIPPAN sofa — love it or hate it, I promise you'll enjoy the look back at some of the 200 incarnations of KLIPPAN...

IKEA KLIPPAN 1979 - 2009 from maxwellgillinghamryan on Vimeo.

It's fun to see the patterns, colors and materials that have changed the look of KLIPPAN over the years — though the basic structure has stayed nearly the same (minus the change in legs!).

The basic KLIPPAN sofa was priced at $395 when IKEA opened their first US store in Philadelphia in 1985. Today, the basic KLIPPAN is priced at $249. IKEA credits this drop in price to "designing smarter, using materials more efficiently and reducing transportation costs".

(Images: IKEA)