Marcus Engman was born and raised in Älmhult, Sweden, where he started working part-time at the IKEA store on the weekends. During the mid-80s he was a home furnishing apprentice to IKEA interior designer Mary Ekmark. Engman then worked his way up, taking on roles such as Communications & Interior Design Manager in Swedish stores, Global Range Strategist and Marketing Manager (Retail) for IKEA Sweden. He was with IKEA for 12 years before founding his own retail agency Kollo in 2000. In 2012, he returned to IKEA as Head of Design.