IKEA was started in 1943 by a 17-year-old Swedish entrepreneur, Ingvar Kamprad. The now-famous international home products company started as a local furniture catalog. From the beginning, the vision was to provide simple furnishings that made life easier.
The IKEA logo has evolved over time. The first IKEA logo was created in 1951 and went through several dramatic changes until 1967, when the block letters were encased in an oval inside a rectangle. After a brief experiment with a red and white variation, the bold yellow and blue design we see today was launched in 1983.