The Stuff of Life: IKEA Lamps and More Good-Value Housewares

By Sally Schneider

Stylish mirrors, planters, the Stockholm lamp, and a customizable snowflake textile that you can use for almost anything

Over the past week, I've stumbled on some very cool housewares with all the qualities I value: simple, well-designed, enduring, and good value. My favorite is a charming geometric textile made of pieced Tyvek by Woodnotes that can be used as curtains, partitions, and table decorations."Flake consists of snow flake like pieces which are joined together simply by slipping the point of a flake through the hole of another flake. You can create a compact or a net like, loose surface. Three-dimensional forms are also possible." (Woodnotes also makes a variation on the pattern called Flowers.) I love that I can work with the material myself, vary the texture and size, fool around, see where it takes me. I'm thinking room divider...or a pleasingly revealing shower curtain.

IKEA's Stockholm floor lamp ($89) is an homage to Arne Jacobsen's classic design, for about $800 less than licensed version being sold at Design Within Reach.



The IKEA lamp uses energy-efficient LED's instead of regular bulbs. I think it's especially great in white:

I've been looking for some minimalist rectangular planters and found them in the new CB2 catalogue. Made of galvanized steel, they range in size from an eight-inche square ($9.95) to a 31.5 inch W x 10.75 inch D x 15.75 inch H rectangle ($59.95).

West Elm has some great looking black-iron framed mirrors in a 30-inch round ($149) and 36 inch by 24 inch rectangle ($129).

I also like their dramatic 30 inch W x 1.75 inch D x 72 inch H long rectangle in brushed nickel:



Woodnotes Flake and black West Elm mirrors via Better Living Through Design
Floor lamps via Remodelista


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