Fans of IKEA can finally look forward to the opening of the Swedish furniture giant’s first stores in the Philippines. In a report published by ABS CBN News, IKEA said that it found a local partner which will allow it to bring its innovative furniture to the Philippine shores. Reports also said that two stores will open in Manila; one is at the SM Mall of Asia and the other one will be at SM Fairview.
There was also a job posting in employment social networking site LinkedIn for a Design Manager who will be based in Manila. Details of the job posting read “We want to fill this position with a strong and passionate experienced architect, who has a keen sense of commerciality and attention to details, capable of driving our ambitious projects by supporting the Property & Expansion team in the execution of the first IKEA Manila Store, enabling to position IKEA as the Leader in life at home in the Philippines. The role is based in Manila, Philippines.”
The job post further said that the position is “Reporting to the Construction Project Manager in Manila and in matrix to the Design Manager IKEA in the Service Office in Singapore, you will work close together with the design team and play a crucial role in preparing, planning, and executing of our first IKEA store in the Philippines.” The job post expired last February 28, 2018 though.
In the Asia Pacific Region, IKEA has presence in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Globally, IKEA is well-known for the straightforward and well-built design, and functionality of its products.
IKEA also prides itself by putting consumers first when they develop concepts. Designers are continuously finding many different ways to improve the lives of consumers. That includes coming up with concepts that balance form, function and ease-on-the-pocket. In the end, IKEA focuses on what is important and not about fuss.