One of the very best products that Ikea has carried over the years was their plywood Frosta stool. It is a fine ripoff of the famous Alvar Aalto stool, but cost only $12 (as opposed to $300+). It is no longer available in the United States, but is available in other countries, including France, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. It was featured prominently on Ikea’s Swedish blog recently, with ideas for painting the stools in stylish way; to us that array of Frosta’s is like a pile of French macaroons we weren’t allowed to eat.
We find ourselves now treating the four Frosta stools we’ve had for years as though they were as precious as Aalto stools. They are endlessly useful as side tables and impromptu seating, and stack to store out of the way. We’ve seen many great hacks using the bent-plywood legs as shelf brackets, speaker holders etc …
We’ve written Ikea twice to ask why, what the possible logic could there be to dictate such a decision; we haven’t heard back. So we have to two ideas:
-one, is to flood Ikea’s Contact Us with requests that they return the Frosta stool to US stores. Just fill out their contact form (be sure to select “no local store”) and then tell them you want to be able to buy the Frosta stool in American stores. It’s easy and takes no more than a minute to do: an Ikea Action.
-the second is a strategy for those that absolutely need to have one or two or a few immediately: Ask a friend in Europe to buy you some and mail them OR bring them if they are coming this way…or do it yourself if you happen to be going that way. They come flat-packed, aren’t very heavy, and are so inexpensive, that it well may be worth paying the extra freight.
Meanwhile, we recently when on a scouting expedition to Ikea and will report on our finds soon in an upcoming post.
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