A river, an island or a flower – the legacy of Ingvar Kamprad for each of us


Each person is born for one reason. Some of us are born to be doctors, others are born to be nurses, others to dedicate their life in raising beautiful children, others to leave a heritage for each person on earth.

This is what Ingvar Kamprad was born and lived for. To leave us lakes, islands, flowers, months and days.

We all know what IKEA name comes from: Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (the farm he grew up in), Agunnaryd (the village near the farm). Most probably, many of you know that he named IKEA like this due to the dyslexia he was suffering from.

But did you know he extended his personalized naming pattern to all IKEA’s products?

Each IKEA product is named after a specific Swedish word. The word are chosen based on products type.

Let’s see:

  1. Boxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks = Swedish slang expressions, Swedish place names

KNAGGLIG means ‘bumpy’ in Swedish.

  1. Garden furniture = Scandinavian Islands

ÄPPLARÖ is an island in Stockholm

  1. Bathroom articles = Names of Swedish lakes and bodies of water

VOXNAN is a river in Sweden



  1. Bowls, vases, candle and candle holders = Swedish place names, adjectives, spices, herbs, fruits and berries

SINNLIG means ‘sensual’ in Swedish.

  1. Bed textiles = Flowers and plants

ULLVIDE is the Swedish word for the plant Salix Lanata aka Woolly Willow

  1. Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture = Norwegian place names

HEMNES is a Norwegian city

  1. Rugs = Danish place names

KATTRUP is a Denmark town

  1. Lighting = Units of measurement, seasons, months, days, shipping and nautical terms, Swedish place names

JANUARI means ‘January’

  1. Kitchen accessories = Fish, mushrooms and adjectives

VARDAGEN means ‘everyday’

  1. Sofas, armchairs, chairs and dining tables = Swedish place names

KIVIK is a city in Sweden

We don’t know if all of you knew this naming architecture of IKEA, but even if you knew, even if you discovered it know, you and all of us should embrace every island, every lake, every city and river that Ingvar Kamprad left us.

In his own way, he managed to bring a piece of the world in each of our homes.  Rest in peace.

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