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:
This rounded stool (or side table) reminds us of some Scandi-chic brands that regularly show at Stockholm Design Week.
Not dissimilar from a piece you'll find in one of our favorite Insta-friendly designers' home.
Sleek, modern design for the price of an L.A. sandwich.
A decently sized cane chair under $500? We thought it was impossible.
Mirror or abstract art piece?
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.)
Are you sure you didn't find this midcentury-inspired lamp on 1stdibs?
The circle cutouts on this dining table turn it into something a bit more avant-garde.
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.
Looking to give your living room that contemporary edge? Here ya go.
Pull a room together with this box that reads as an elegant piece of glass art.
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