Ikea Billy bookcase gets new design and customizable features.

After Three Decades, Ikea Is Reimagining the Classic “Billy” Bookshelf (Video)

After Three Decades, Ikea Is Reimagining the Classic “Billy” Bookshelf (Video)

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July 7 2014 4:48 PM

The Billy Bookcase Grows Up

Ikea’s classic bookcase will now look slightly less like a shop-class souvenir.

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Ola Raae

Billy was born from a sketch on the back on a napkin in 1979, when Ikea designer Billy Liljedahl complained that he wanted “a proper bookcase just for books.” 

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