IKEA's head designer has named the company's 'best' product. We politely disagree.

Having been with the company for 34 years, it’s fair to assume IKEA’s head of design, Marcus Engman, knows a thing or two about the global giant’s furniture pieces — and, like most parents, has a particular favourite that sits above the rest.

But the 50-year-old’s all-time favourite product has left us all a little perplexed.

Speaking to Business Insider earlier this month, Engman said that above everything else, the understated and oh-so-affordable Klippan loveseat was closest to his heart, because it had been designed by his own father back in the late 1970s.

“I remember when he brought it home for tests and he asked me and my sister what we thought of it,” Engman said.

“I have a lot of fond memories with that sofa, and I’m glad that it has survived for so long.”

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The Klippan Loveseat. Source: IKEA.

Now, without wanting to disrespect someone who has dedicated their entire adult life to creating affordable and aesthetically pleasing pieces of furniture for us to assemble on weekends, we couldn't help but think about all of the other iconic IKEA pieces.

The Karlstad

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The Karlstad. Source: IKEA.

Perhaps I have an affinity to the Karlstad because it's served me faithfully for the past six years, but aside from acting as my bed-away-from-bed, it is a truly excellent couch, and far nicer to look at than the Klippan.

The Kallax (formerly known as Expedit)

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The Kallax. Source: IKEA.

If there's one piece of IKEA furniture that came to inhabit a generation of share houses and budget apartments, it's the Kallax.

The cube-shaped shelves are the perfect size for storing records and books, can be used just about anywhere, and can be spruced up with drawer inserts.

The Billy

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Hey, Billy! Source: IKEA.

Oh, Billy. Could we ever love a $49 bookshelf more than you? Not likely.


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The Poang. Source: IKEA.

While it's not as commonly seen as it was 10 years ago, it's fair to say the Poang - an armchair-turned-rocker - definitely had its moment in the sun (and living room).

Like all of IKEA's products, it ticked every box; it was affordable, stylish, comfortable, and a nightmare to assemble.


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The Lack. Source: IKEA.

Starting at just $19.99, there's a lot to love about the Lack - a.k.a. the side table to our mid-00s lives. In addition to being insanely affordable, it also comes in a million colours. Pink, red, blue, green, and white are just the beginning.

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