Where should you look when you want new furniture with a midcentury vibe? There are plenty of options on the market, but if you want to go mainstream, try IKEA. But wait—don’t balk yet. Sweden has a fascinating history when it comes to architecture, and the pieces coming from IKEA today aren’t that far off midcentury design. In the book Swedish Modernism, authors Helena Mattsson and Sven-Olov Wallenstein write that Sweden’s architectural movements have always incorporated tradition from earlier periods. “To move ahead is also to move backward to the true roots; to return to the authentic tradition is to move ahead,” they write. IKEA’s products are no exception—while they do have 21st century twists on the midcentury pieces, many will work well in your MCM home.
So if you’re looking for a new, inexpensive midcentury option, here are a few IKEA hacks to get you started.
In the midcentury kitchen above, the homeowners fronted their new cabinets with these Nexus doors. The brown stained ash veneer is perfect for midcentury kitchens, and will contribute that rich 1950s look to the space.
If you don’t have the budget to invest in Eames plastic chairs (vintage or new), this chair is a good alternative. Like the iconic Eames molded chairs, this version has a molded plastic seat, and the expanding legs resemble midcentury spindle legs with a 21st-century twist.
Another IKEA piece from the above midcentury kitchen is the Docksta table. Made of fiberboard, the tulip-style table fits right in with the vintage Eames chairs, and no one would ever know that it’s a new piece.
Lövbacken Side Table
This side table screams midcentury style. From its curved shape and polished wood top to its spindle legs and gold-trimmed tips, the Lövbacken side table would blend nicely with a shag rug and a midcentury sideboard.
Don’t forget the details! These stainless steel handles have the straight, sleek feel of midcentury design, and you can use them in a variety of places around your home, from kitchen cabinets to hallway built-ins, bathroom drawers and bedroom dressers.