Originally Posted by Jr Mouse
Ikea sells a knock off of this design that you see all over the place. I'd be inclined to go with something that might feel a little more special.
Sure Ikea has done a lot of Aalto knock offs through the years, but it is quite amazing how easy it is to get something so simple so wrong, and how small changes to the design can make something so much less comfortable and so awkward compared to the original.
Originally Posted by mafoofan
The ubiquity of the design is one of its virtues. Sometimes you just want your stool to look like a stool. Not everything needs to be "luxury."
I have to admit that I'm a big Aalto fan and own quite a few Aalto pieces, both new and vintage, mostly vintage as I love the patina of the older pieces. I love how simple and unassuming, yet beautiful the design of most of his pieces is.
We recently replaced a set of Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs for vintage Aalto Chair 69's for the dining table and couldn't be happier. Very utilitarian and not luxurious at all, the set we have probably came straight from a School dining hall somewhere in Finland/Sweden, but perfect for the look and function we were aiming for and surprisingly comfortable whether it is for a 5 minute coffee or a four hour dinner.