The best IKEA designs of all time Our Home & Garden Director picks the greatest hits from the flat-pack powerhouse's 60-plus years of innovative designs. By Brett Walther 2014-06-12 00:00:00 The best IKEA designs of all time Slideshow View Slideshow The best IKEA designs of all time Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries The best budget sofas in Top seven on seven: The n The best paint colours fo Lovbacken side table, $69, IKEA. Back in 1955, IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad, secured the future of his brand by launching the world's first flat-packed piece of furniture. Called the Lovet, it was a three-legged side table with a fabulously '50s leaf-shaped top realized in handsome burled walnut. The table's component pieces fit perfectly into a slim, stackable box, which saved Kamprad a bundle on shipping—savings that he passed on to his customers with his now famously wallet-friendly price tags.Rebranded as Lovbacken, the Lovet side table was resurrected for the launch of the 2014 IKEA catalogue, and looks as chic today as it did 60 years ago. Strandmon wingback chair in Svanby Gray, $299, IKEA. Here's another treasure from the archives that IKEA dusted off for a 21st-century revival. With its dramatically flared silhouette, button tufting and tapered legs, the MK chair, which originally debuted in the 1951 IKEA catalogue, was the epitome of midcentury modern chic. What better way to satisfy our contemporary craving for all things Mad Men than by reintroducing it in 2013—with virtually no alterations—as the Strandmon? Billy bookcase in Black-Brown, $99, IKEA. The quintessential college dorm investment piece, the Billy bookcase remains one of IKEA's all-time best-sellers. In fact, since its 1979 debut, more than 41-million of the things have been produced worldwide. For a more tangible sense of what that means, picture this: Arranging every Billy end-to-end would create a line long enough to circle the equator twice. Incredible! Kulla floor lamp (discontinued). Breaking up is hard to do—especially when it's a case of IKEA discontinuing an item that's become one of your go-to designs. That was certainly the case for me with the Kulla: an impossibly sexy floor lamp that positively radiated '80s Art Deco revival. The metal shade was ideal for DIY treatments (spraypainting the interior in gold to ramp up the illumination was a tried-and-true upmarket makeover), and the touch-sensitized dimmer switch was a thoughtful design detail. Stockholm flatwoven rug in black and off-white, $499, IKEA. It can be hard finding a generously-proportioned area rug for less than a grand; let alone one that goes with, well… Just about everything. That's probably why this black-and-white striped rug from IKEA's upscale Stockholm Collection has enjoyed such enduring—and universal—appeal. Pick up any given design mag, and chances are, you'll spot this easy-going beauty anchoring a living or dining room. A true contemporary classic. Lack sofa table (discontinued) Has there ever been a piece of furniture as versatile as IKEA's leggy Lack sofa table? In this beachy, bleachy birch finish (a precursor to the contemporary driftwood trend), my own Lack served at various times as a front hall console, a makeshift breakfast bar, and even a desk in my space-strapped den. Although the bare bones, Parsons-style design had no expiry date, the Lack sofa table—unfortunately—did, and it was phased out of IKEA's catalogue by the mid-2000s. Nevertheless, it remains at the top of my re-release wish list.