Thursday, November 13, 2014

Retro at Ikea

Last night, the husband and I ran over to Ikea to pick up what we needed to finish up the laundry room. We needed one more kitchen cabinet and Ikea will be changing up their cabinets in a couple of months. We didn't want to risk not being able to get what we needed. BTW, Ikea has 10% off kitchen off (most?) of their kitchen products right now, which was a fantastic surprise when we went to pay.

I had recently seen in an Ikea flyer email that they have a limited edition collection of things inspired by the 50s to 70s. Here's a link to the flyer info, but it's for the Minnesota Ikea. I'm not sure how long the link will last or if it's the same for all Ikeas.

The tables have laminate tops, which I'm not really a fan of. I didn't inspect the boomerang shaped ones too closely. I do like the rounded, tapered legs and the boomerang shaped top. In the picture I took below, they do look really good with the laminate emphasizing the shape.

The low, rectangular one definitely could have been better, but I can see where Ikea is trying to keep costs down with keeping of style. From far away, I really like the LILLBRON coffee table. The brassy look legs are just a painted metal and the top is very laminate looking. If those legs were a nice antiqued brass and a real slab of wood, it would be amazing.

The STRANDMON wing chair has great legs that I'm fairly certain were real wood, but I think the chair falls short with the choice of material. It just looks weird... I should have actually touched it to see what it felt like. I guess it's not also my style.

What I was most surprised about was the EKENÄSET sofa. The wood frame appeared to be solid wood. The arms looked like they should from above. I think they could have done a little better with the legs by giving them the rounded, tapered style, but overall I would call it a win. It was comfortable and looked great for $399!

I haven't seen anything like this as a new / reproduction type piece that wasn't much more higher in price. One thing to to note as well is that, at least on the bottom, the cushions are connected. I think this would be a fantastic option for if you were looking for something in this style and just couldn't afford the real deal (or find something in decent shape). There would definitely be the opportunity to have cushions custom made later on in life to give it a different look too.

Update 11/26/14:
We ended up back at Ikea and it seems as though they do have a non faux leather option of the STRANDMON wing chair. There is also a couch in this style. Even with the other fabric options, it still really isn't my style. Also, I've seen a chair variation of the EKENÄSET sofa popping up on the internet. Our Ikea seems to not have that chair yet... And we have to go back again for a return/exchange because someone in the kitchen department selected the wrong item on our order and we didn't realize until I was about to put it together... The point of that was, I'll probably check to see if the chair is there yet.

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