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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