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IKEA has mastered the art of deconstructing its minimalistic furniture into manageable, flat-packed boxes that are easy to transport home. But once your goods do make it home, the perfectly streamlined Scandinavian spirit seems to disappear. If you don’t have an IKEA assembly nightmare story, well, we wouldn’t believe you.

Fast Company called to “deputy packaging manager”Allan Dickner for some behind-the-scenes info on exactly how IKEA designs its famously simple, and wordless, assembly instruction manuals.

Read the full story here.

Words by Thomas Welch