Victoria and Albert Museum

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Flatpack Mentality

Flatpack Mentality

With 326 stores in 38 countries shifting £20 billion worth of furniture a year, Ikea has an ever-tightening grip on our domestic lives. But is its ethos of home improvement for the masses one of benign altruism or cynical commerce? By Lauren Collins. Illustrations by Adam Simpson