Can’t believe it’s Ikea

If you happen to have a subscription to Style at Home or follow multiple design blogs this won’t be news to you, but I’m excited enough about it that I’m keen to share.  As an aficionado of mid-century modern design I am thrilled about some new furniture that Ikea is coming out with (coming to stores in Canada this month I believe).  I’m not a big fan of Ikea pieces like the expedit book shelves because they are so obviously Ikea (though admittedly I have one in my daughter’s bedroom for toy storage). But these new pieces don’t shout “Ikea!” and I like it.

I love browsing vintage designer mid-century modern pieces on line but they tend to be pricey. I get it that it is nice to be able to say, “oh yes, that chair is a Kai Kristiansen” and my inner snob loves to be able to name drop, but let’s be real. We can’t always be spending $400 on a dining chair or $8000 on a dining table. I decided to look up some pricey, designer mid-century mod pieces of furniture and compare them to what Ikea has to offer and this is what I found:

Ikea Living Room

Ikea Living Room (note coffee table and sideboard)

Lex Stobie coffee table, $3500 (comes in a lighter stain as well)

Lex Stobie coffee table, $3500 (comes in a lighter stain as well)

Mid-century modern sideboard from Fullhouse Modern, $1750

Mid-century modern sideboard from Fullhouse Modern, $1750

Kai Kristiansen sideboard, $1995

Kai Kristiansen sideboard, $1995

Ikea chairs

Ikea chairs

 

Kai Kristiansen chair (don't have the exact price but probably between $300-$500).

Kai Kristiansen chair (don’t have the exact price but probably between $300-$500).

Gorgeous velvet kelly green Ikea sofa (wish I was brave enough for a green couch in my own home!)

Gorgeous velvet kelly green Ikea sofa (wish I was brave enough for a green couch in my own home!)

Sofa by Great Dane, $6250

Sofa by Great Dane, $6250

Ikea mid-century modern walnut veneer dining table

Ikea mid-century modern walnut veneer dining table

Mads Johansen walnut table $8590

Mads Johansen walnut table $8590 (I want this table! Never going to happen!)

Honestly, the real thing is almost always going to be better, but hey, a stylish imitation is nothing to scoff at when you are living on a budget.

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