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Flatpack Empire

Explore IKEA’s design studios, factories and stores around the world for the very first time.

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BBC Two on Thursday
1st March 2018 at 12:15AM
Updated Tuesday 20th February 2018

IKEA is undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful, enigmatic, and recognisable global brands - last year nearly 900 million people in 49 countries visited its stores, with a turnover of over £34 billion. The famously secretive Swedish furniture retailer is guided by the principle of creating “the better everyday life for the many people.” But what is the secret to its success? How does the machine of IKEA affect the people who work for it, and how does its ruthlessly efficient business model affect the world?

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