12 Editor-Approved Urban Outfitters Items That Look High-Design

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Here's a little decor secret: Bringing in a well-placed item from Urban Outfitters can totally throw even your most design-savvy friends. The retailer often bets big on mainstream trends (boho, rattan, etc.), but it's the non-ubiquitous pieces with a bit of edge that are worth betting on. The following items remind us of things we've seen at industry design fairs or from up-and-coming designers. Take a look:

1. Stassi Side Table, $99

This rounded stool (or side table) reminds us of some Scandi-chic brands that regularly show at Stockholm Design Week.

2. Mason Storage Cabinet, $899

Not dissimilar from a piece you'll find in one of our favorite Insta-friendly designers' home.

3. Cora Catch-All Dish, $14

Sleek, modern design for the price of an L.A. sandwich.

4. Marte Lounge Chair, $379

A decently sized cane chair under $500? We thought it was impossible.

5. Safi Floor Mirror, $399

Mirror or abstract art piece?

6. Evie Bench, $399

If you told us this spindle bench was the product of a time-honored Swedish outfit, we'd probably believe you. (At least, from far away.)

7. Tiernan Shelf Floor Lamp, $279

Are you sure you didn't find this midcentury-inspired lamp on 1stdibs?

8. Astrid Dining Table, $499

The circle cutouts on this dining table turn it into something a bit more avant-garde.

9. Lombardi Adjustable Desk Chair, $279

Yes, we'd all love to have a classic midcentury leather desk chair, but that's not necessarily in the cards. Until then, this stand-in will do.

10. Mirrored Pedestal Side Table, $169

Looking to give your living room that contemporary edge? Here ya go.

11. Aubree Lidded Stash Box, $16

Pull a room together with this box that reads as an elegant piece of glass art.

12. Cora Table Lamp, $129

As seen in our guide to lamps that look high-design, but are under $200.


Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at leonora@hunker.com.

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