We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.

Ikea archive project Billy is selling over 100 of its retro designs

Pick up a piece of IKEA history at this one-off sale, which touts products by Verner Panton and Niels Gammelgaard

billy ikea archive sale
Billy

The buzz around a one-off sale of classic IKEA designs is surely proof that the Swedish icon has been rightfully propelled to collector status.

Launching on 26 November, archive project BILLY will shine a spotlight on over 100 discontinued pieces, from chairs and tables to lighting and accessories. With smaller items starting at £50, it's appropriately accessible for the brand that built an empire on bringing well-designed, functional furniture to the masses.

Standouts of the collection, which spans five decades, include Verner Panton's 'VILBERT' chair, Niels Gammelgaard's 'TED NET' chair and Harry Allen’s 'KILA' lamp. There's a particular focus on punchy pieces from the late '80s and early '90s, when IKEA landed with a splash in the UK.

billy ikea archive sale
IKEA ’RIGG’ and ’PLAGG’ coat stands by Tord Bjorklund
Billy
billy ikea archive sale
VI Table, 1993 and ’ISAK’ chair by Niels Gammelgaard, 1987
Billy

The BILLY venture – named for that beloved bookcase – is the brainchild of artist Harry Stayt, whose interest in the flatpack favourite was sparked while studying at Camberwell College of Art.

His inventory was invigorated with the discovery of 40 IKEA catalogues during a trip to Älmhult in Sweden, the birthplace of its founder Ingvar Kamprad and the home of the IKEA Museum. Dating back to 1970, the stash proved to be an invaluable resource for hunting down historic design pieces.

Follow IKEA tribute account @billy.forsale for a taste of the treasures on offer, before heading to the new website for the big reveal. billy.forsale

billy ikea archive sale
’TED NET’ chair by Niels Gammelgaard, 1978
Billy
billy ikea archive sale
Red Sculpture by Tony Almen & Peter Gest, 1990s
Billy

Like this article? Sign up to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered straight to your inbox.

SIGN UP

Keep your spirits up and subscribe to ELLE Decoration here, so our magazine is delivered direct to your door.

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Events