IKEA’s Shakespearean BILLY bookcase!

July 16, 2009

To Billy or not to Billy – 41 million people since 1979 have chosen IKEA‘s most famous bookcase for their homes, and the reliable Billy design is 30 years old this year. To mark this historic occasion, IKEA is releasing, rather randomly, some limited-edition Billy ‘Jader’ bookcases, covered in quotations from the works of William Shakespeare, graffiti-style.

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These designer-style shelving units will cost £39 each. Or, you could just let your kids get creative on your Billy shelves with a permanent marker for a similar effect! – Ellie

11 Responses to “IKEA’s Shakespearean BILLY bookcase!”


  1. some things just never go out of style! i love ikea for certain things. i’m currently in the market for fresh summer-y curtains that i’ve seen posted on a few blogs…from none other than our friend ikea! 🙂 thanks for the inspiration & happy weekend.

  2. catherine Says:

    Have been trying to find out where to order the Billy Jader Bookcase from Ikea, but not having much success, living on the Isle of Wight if anyone can help me out guiding me to where to buy it online would be very much appreciated.

    Kind Regards
    Catherine

  3. Kymm Says:

    Looking for more fun with BILLY? IKEAFANS.com, IKEA UK and IKEA USA are happy to announce the launch of a contest to celebrate the 30th birthday of the iconic BILLY bookcase. Over 40 million BILLY bookcases are in the wild – is one of them yours? Tell us about it for your chance to win IKEA prizes!

    IKEA UK Fans: http://www.ikeafans.com/home/ikea-billy-bookcase-contest-enter-to-win/

    IKEA US Fans: http://www.ikeafans.com/home/ikea-us-joins-the-billy-bookcase-contest/

  4. Charlene Says:

    I just picked up my Billy Jader bookcase and I was so excited. Then as I was putting it together I noticed that three of the quotes are false attributions and not by William Shakespeare at all. I am extremely disappointed. Didn’t anyone bother to check??

    • cathryn Says:

      Did you take your Jader bookshelf back? We bought and black and white one and really want another one but Ikea seem to have sold out. If you still have it and want to sell it let me know.

      Thanks

  5. mee Says:

    anyone know where you can buy these now? i mean do ikea still sell them? if not, that guy who was unsatisfies with the quotes, fancy selling yours?

  6. Christina Madden Says:

    I went to Ikea to get a new bookshelf yesterday. I wanted one of these particular ones as I had one before but ex-boyfriend got to keep it when I moved out. Unfortunatly, they were limited edition and are now sold out [at least in Dublin Store] and I had to go with a plain black one. I was very upset because I really loved that bookshelf and it was funky as well as functional… oh well..

  7. david miller Says:

    I have ‘billied’for years in uk and now I live in Scandinavia Ikea seems even more a normal part of my life. Only downside is that in UK there are more helpful handymen to put your Ikea together than here in Finland 😦

  8. Kristian Says:

    I have this shelf in black and white with glass doors that cover half the length of the shelf. I would consider selling it. I’m in Orlando.

  9. Kristian Says:

    can you email me I will like to buy it possibly


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