I know there will be naysayers on the topic of IKEA but let’s just consider that IKEA has never been made available to South Africa and would therefor not be as commercial as in America or Europe. For those of you who don’t know, IKEA is a Swedish (although now Dutch owned) company that designs and sells furniture that you assemble yourself. Their catalog is ridiculous and I’m not afraid to say I want a lot of it, despite telling myself I would fill up my new home with reclaimed pieces.
Did you know it was founded by a 17-year-old? In 1943, no less. Ingvar Kamprad later became one of the richest people in the world. IKEA is known for its modern architectural designs on various types of appliances and furniture, often associated with a simplified eco-friendly interior design. It may seem like a cop-out but they have a fantastic range of basic furniture plus more modern pieces and loads of accessories to fill your home with. I’m not suggesting you fill your entire house with them, but consider the pieces you could introduce that would not be readily available for your regular Sandtonite. IKEA shelving is a favorite of mine because they are so simple and inexpensive.
It’s all well and good for me to tell you to buy IKEA but we don’t have an IKEA store in South Africa, right? Wrong. A group of lovely people in Cape Town called Nevada Furniture have a website, and they fly to the UK to buy a whole bunch of product and ship them back to Cape Town where they mark them up a little, upload them and sell them to you. They have pieces already in their gallery you can buy but what’s better is their custom order page whereby you point and they order for you. I have a few pieces saved to my wish list already, and once I have what I need I will slowly start to buy from them. Would you?