A Preface to IKEA

IKEA is an amazing establishment, there can be no doubt. A great deal of their fame comes from their ingenuity, particularly when they are giving a piece of furniture more than one assignment in the home.
However, as we have noted before, there is nothing new under the sun. And this little item from a company called Brickwede is a prime example.

At first glance, you may see a decent looking dresser with a glass top cut to fit. And you would be right.



“But that is not all,” said the Cat in the Hat, “that is not all!”

For one thing, one of the drawers has velvety lining and various compartments…

And for a surprising other, tucked under the top is a pull-out desk, with finished wood so shiny you could see my face in it…

Just goes to show what can be found by looking. Especially at Interior Images!


Mr. Darcy’s Vanity Desk

This is somewhat of an interesting item for $375. This consigned Thomasville company piece of furniture, of cherry, can easily take on a dual role. When the top is down, it looks like a special species of desk, with mounted drawers in both ends of the desk top, and two spacious drawers below. Lift the top, and a simply mounted mirror stares at you, while below there are various compartments for any dressing instruments you may require the use of. I call it Mr. Darcy’s because the lines and visual mass of this item are formal and manly, and thus quite evident that he would have used such a piece of furniture.

Oak (Oak, I say!) Roll-top Desk

It’s the kind of thing you read about in O. Henry stories – “She glanced in at the news office door, and there he sat, at the roll-top desk, with his elbow on the shining oaken slab that beneath had held all his plans, sketches, and editorials, along with his personal effects, for the last two months.”
This sturdy desk is an item of the past, but is strong enough to last far into the future. I know this may be a hackneyed phrase, but they don’t make ’em like this anymore.
All yours for the decent price of $865.


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