Arren Williams is the name, and I'm a stylist, editor and trend reporter. You'll catch my work regularly popping up in print in the likes of the National Post, House & Home and elsewhere. I'm also a guest expert on Citytv's CityLine, and you can occasionally find me on HGTV as well as on ABC 7 News in Chicago.

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Reidar on my radar

Yesterday I was doing the un-fun part of my job that always happens after a big photo-shoot - Returns. So, after getting that business out of the way at my local Ikea, my consolation prize was to walk the store and see what was new. And I'm happy to say that my chair-a-holic addiction was suitably jonesed by Reidar, one of the latest intro's in the dining department. Designed by Ola Wihlborg, the aluminum chairs come in five colours all together (the white and orange aren't shown below), are stackable, and can handle being both outdoors as well as in. Sweet!

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Reader Comments (5)

Love these.

March 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason Hudson Dot Com

Hard to tell from the photos, but it would have been nice if they did a mid-gray a la the iconic aluminum Emeco Navy chair to which this chair is inspired from.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike R

I'd rather have the Emeco. "You get what you pay for" = Ikea.


March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGus

Interesting you guys see the Emeco classic Navy Chair in Reidar. To me they feel much closer to this re-designed Thonet that was released by Muji a while back.

March 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterArren

I don't necessarily 'see' the Emeco in the Reidar, but from a materials standpoint if I were buying the aluminum aesthetic, there is no comparison - Emeco wins.

Design DNA covered it and there is good flash on the home site:



Emeco - one hundred and fifty year guarantee based on serious metallurgy, 80% recycled aluminum, made in USA.

Ikea - guaranteed to break while you own it and/or near worthless if you resell on Craigslist, aluminum from god only knows where, made in an offshore furniture sweatshop (I'm guessing)

Not trying to come on strong, but I enjoy the constructive debate, which I think the designer blogs can only benefit from. Regards.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGus

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