Read my article about IKEA below and then see these original Scandinavian products, that “inspired” some of the IKEA products. Even if I make all the Swedish readers mad now, I have to point out: the original designs are from Finland, the copy ones are Swedish.
The Armchair 42 designed by Alvar Aalto is from www.aalto.com, the Poäng chair on the right is a copycat from IKEA.
Another one below.. The left one is called E60, designed by Alvar Aalto, made by Artek in Finland, available at www.aalto.com. The IKEA version is called FROSTA.
How about the bedding? I think the IKEA flower power duvet Hedda Blom cover has defenately taken a bit influence on Finnish Marimekko’s famous Unikko pattern, one of Maija Isola’s most popular prints from 1964. The IKEA’s Bibbi Blad looks a bit like Marimekko’s Karhunputki print, originally from the 50’s.
A Finnish company Iittala is famous for designer glass, and high quality dinnerware. Some of Iittala’s premier designers were Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck.
The Iittala Verna Vase and Kivi candle holders are available at Finnstyle.com The Festivo candle stick at Finnishgifts.com.