***Happy Birthday Poang***

The first proof of the great success of democratic design


Rare occasions when a furniture product of the modern world celebrates such a significant age on the market. I remember the marketing that surrounded this chair in the 90’s , the image of the display in the store is still in my head. Check stress test video here. We all believed we were standing front of a lifetime lasting designer chair. And the comfort is unbelievable. Worth a try and worth the investment.

This month, the Poang chair celebrates its 40th birthday! Ikea’s modern design classic is still as popular now as it was when it was created in 1976 by Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura. Affordable, functional, practical and stylish Poang is the ultimate example of Ikea’s concept of Democratic Design – with 1.5 million sold globally every year. Blog to follow soon on democratic design.


To celebrate the big 40, Ikea is releasing six new limited-edition cushion covers and one new chair frame.

Want to know more about this Scandinavian icon?


  • The chair was originally called ‘Poem’, but was renamed Poang in 1992.

  • More than 30 million Poang chairs have been sold since its debut forty years ago.

  • In 1992, the chair’s steel pipes were replaced by a frame made entirely of layered bentwood that could be flat-packed allowing the price to drop by 21 per cent.

  • The pressure-test machines in Ikea stores exert 1000 newton on the Poang a standard 50,000 times. That’s like a 220lb person sitting in the chair 20 times per minute.

  • The Poang series is available at Ikea stores across the country and online, IKEA