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Among Ikea‘s constantly updating home furnishings offerings, are a handful of constants that represent perfect, enduring, truly practical design at a really good price, and that don’t scream Ikea. My favorite is the Frosta stool***, a $12.99 birch veneer version of Alvar Aalto’s classic mid-century stool.  I have four in my office and they are so useful, I’ve contemplated getting a few for my apartment. Stacked and stored in a corner, they take up almost no space, to be used as:

-seating, when a crowd descends

-tables (two or three pinch hit as a coffee table; place alongside a sofa or bed and you’ve got an end table)

-stands (for anything, books, plants, tv, small appliances… I cut the legs down with a hand saw on one to make a low stand for my printer.)

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via Emma’s blog

You can customize them at will, painting or staining them.

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via Life is Carbon

This stripey upholstered version was spotted at Marimekko Concept Store in New York City.

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***Since we wrote this article, Ikea inexplicably discontinued the Frosta in the US. (You can buy it in Europe). But we did find a decent knockoff of the knockoff Frosta here.

via Door Sixteen

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