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IKEA and the Packing Problem

You know who is really good at geometry?  IKEA.

Ikea packing 1

The efficient assemblage of triangles, rectangles, and irregular pentagons is impressive enough, but check out this clever use of an empty quarter circle!

ikea packing 2

An appropriately sized shim lets a couple of rectangles fit perfectly into that corner!

One Comment

  1. PaulK says:

    “really good” — so can it be proven to be an optimal packing too? 🙂

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