Cheap Scandinavian Design a’la Swedish IKEA – part 2

June 30, 2007 Katja Presnal

Cheap Scandinavian Design a’la Swedish IKEA – part 2

Read my article about IKEA below and then see these original Scandinavian products, that “inspired” some of the IKEA products. Even if I make all the Swedish readers mad now, I have to point out: the original designs are from Finland, the copy ones are Swedish. The Armchair 42 designed by Alvar Aalto is from, the Poäng chair on the right is a copycat from IKEA. Another one below.. The left one is called E60, designed by Alvar Aalto, made by Artek in Finland, available at The IKEA version is called FROSTA. How about the bedding? I think the IKEA flower power duvet Hedda Blom cover has defenately taken a bit influence on Finnish Marimekko’s famous Unikko pattern, one of Maija Isola’s most popular prints from 1964. The IKEA’s Bibbi Blad looks a bit like Marimekko’s Karhunputki print, originally from the 50’s. A Finnish company Iittala is famous for designer glass, and high quality dinnerware. Some of Iittala’s premier designers were Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck. The Iittala Verna Vase and Kivi candle holders are available at The Festivo candle stick at

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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