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IKEA vs. designer furniture

IKEA original or design replica?

One brand that knows how to sell furniture is IKEA. Taking a closer look, many of IKEAS designs are actually very similar to designer objects that have been around for many years. In this post I have put together some of my favorite designs which you can find a (similar) replica at IKEA.

I thought a lot about this blogpost before writing it. To start this post off, I want to make clear that I truly believe that nothing is quite like an original designer piece. I do think owning an original designer piece brings an additional level of joy and love to your home. Unfortunately most of us design-lovers do not have the budget to only buy high-end design furniture. I do however have two rules when it come to buying designer vs. designer inspired pieces.

  1. If you really love a design…wait and save until you can afford it (even if it takes 5 years).  Nothing brings joy like buying a real designer piece. You will treasure it for the rest of your life.

  2. If buying a designer inspired piece make sure it is different enough from the real design to not like a knock off.

Ikea vs design-basel chair by vitra and idolf by ikea

Basel Chair by Jasper Morrison, 2008 (vitra) 580€

IDOLF Chair (IKEA) 49.99€

 

Ikea vs design-STOOL E60 Alvar Aalto FROSTA Stool by IKEA

STOOL E60 Alvar Aalto, 1934 (artek) ca. 360€

FROSTA stool (IKEA)  9.99 €

 

Ikea vs design-Akari 120A Isamu Noguchi and SOLLEFTEÅ by IKEA

Akari 120A Isamu Noguchi, 1951 (vitra) 175

SOLLEFTEÅ (IKEA) 4.99

 

Ikea vs design-30" Metal Framed Mirror and SKOGSVÅG by IKEA

30″ Metal Framed Mirror (rejuvenation) 299.00$

SKOGSVÅG (IKEA) 29.99

Ikea vs design-Belly Basket and FLÅDIS by IKEA

Natural Belly Basket (olliella) 35$

FLÅDIS (IKEA) 9,99

I hope this little comparison inspired you to bring some design on a budget into your home.

 

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