Vintage Ikea pop-up makes London debut

Casa Billy is the first physical event of vintage Ikea seller Billy For Sale, taking over Clerkenwell’s Dinner Party Gallery on 12 and 13 November 2022

Vintage Ikea furniture by Billy for Sale
‘Reträtt‘ armchair (1984), left, and ‘Munken’ chair (c. 1970), right, part of the Billy for Sale pop-up selling vintage Ikea in London
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Vintage Ikea seller Billy for Sale has announced a two-day London pop-up, marking its first in-person event. Dubbed Casa Billy, the event is set to take place over the spaces of Clerkenwell’s Dinner Party Gallery for the weekend of 12 and 13 November 2022.

Casa Billy: a vintage Ikea pop-up in London

Vintage Ikea denim chair

‘Tajt’ denim chair, 1973

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Casa Billy will feature the vintage Ikea dealer’s latest acquisitions, pieces from the Swedish company’s archives that include the 1973 ‘Tajt’ denim easy chair by Gillis Lundgren, Walter Papst’s fibreglass ‘Munken’ stacking chairs from the 1970s, and the ‘Anima’ steel and leather dining chairs, a 1991 design by Törd Bjorklund. The sale will also include smaller accessories, with objects such as vases, tableware and candlesticks starting from £15.

As part of the pop-up, more than 100 designs from Ikea’s past (including furniture, lighting and objects) are shown in a revolving installation and accompanied by a photographic exhibition by Dexter Lander. Lander was commissioned by Billy for Sale to create a series of images that explore their collection of anthropomorphic vintage Ikea objects.

Vintage Ikea candlesticks

‘Kräsen’ candlesticks, 1987

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Billy for Sale started in November 2020, from an idea by artist Harry Stayt, who had up until that time been an avid collector of 1980s and 1990s Ikea designs. Named after what are possibly the most popular Ikea shelves, the ‘Billy’ bookcase, Stayt’s collection spanned five decades of furniture, catalogues and accessories.

Vintage Ikea Anima chair

‘Anima’ chair, 1991

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Through his platform, Stayt has brought to the spotlight a less-known element of Ikea’s identity: many of the Billy for Sale items are colourful, postmodern and playful, something that is reflected in the London pop-up.

Casa Billy is open on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November, 12-6pm

Dinner Party Gallery, 70 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5QA

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Vintage Ikea furniture by Billy for Sale

PARLÖR, 2003

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Vintage Ikea furniture by Billy for Sale

HÄLL, 1993 

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.