If, like me, your furniture budget doesn’t stretch much further than the wares of our Scandinavian overlords but you don’t want your home looking completely homogenous and Ikea’d, you can of course rummage for bargainous vintage treasures in charity shops, auctioneers, salvage warehouses and online.
If you want shiny new modern design at Ikea-like prices, though, one online shop I rate is La Redoute in France. La Redoute is especially good for cheap and cheerful dining chairs, but trawl through the website and you’re bound to find some stylish and bargainous bits and pieces of all varieties; I’m sort of in awe of La Redoute’s, em, “homage” to Foscarini’s €1,000+ Twiggy lamp – a pretty blimmin’ convincing lookalike for the noble price of €107???? I’m all about it. Buy the La Redoute version (above) here.
And, mais oui, La Redoute delivers to Ireland!
Chunky chairs in green, purple, white, black orange, red – €55; pendant lights – €19.90 each
Wegner-esque chairs in black, white or natural – €228 for 2
The Czech Chair-esque “Ponette” chair – €93.75; One of my all-time favourites, the authentic Tolix Chair – €175.50.
Bent ply stacking chairs in green, orange, white, red, plum and black – €33.75 each