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The Ikea†Pošng Chair

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This is thefamous Ikea†Pošng†chair that was†originally invented in 1979 and which has gone on to become an iconic design classic.†

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Watch the video below or†read this interview†to find out what inspired the†Pošng†chair.


  • The silhouette of†the†Pošng†chair was inspired by Alvar Aalto’s Model 406 chair. Research Aalto’s original chair and†compare Ikea’s design with Aalto’s original.†
  • Visit an Ikea store or look on their websitethumb ikea 1024 and investigate the different styles of†Pošng chairs that are currently available. What are†the differences in materials and design?
  • How would you†develop†the†Pošng†chair further?
  • The†Pošng chair can often be found in Ikea stores in a demonstration box to show how products are tested in Ikea.†Watch the video below that shows the chair being tested.
  • What is the purpose of the test being carried out in the video?
  • What are†the benefits of demonstrating this test in store? †
  • Download this #ThinkDo card on the†Pošng†chair†(click on†the image to see it in more†detail).
    Teachers: Why not use this as a lesson starter?†
    Students: After you have done the activities on†the card print it out as a revision card and use it to make revision notes on.
Ikea chair testing copy

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