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December 17, 2014
So you've graduated from Ikea, have a little coin to spend on furniture, but don't want to break the bank? Enter Hem, a European retailer of minimalist pieces designed for people who like clean lines and the flexibility of flat-pack pieces but loathe assembling things with an allen wrench. The price points are a bit higher than your Billy's and Karlstad's, but in return you won't have the same bookshelf and sofa as 90 percent of recent college grads. We've picked a few standouts from the line's inaugural collection, which debuted at Maison et Objet in Paris this fall.
hem hai chair by luca nichetto

Until you can afford that swanky Eames Lounge, consider the Hai chair ($1,199). Luca Nichetto, who regularly designs for high-end brands like De La Espada, Casamania, and Cassina, masterminded this item, which features handsome upholstery and slender metal legs. A genius structure allows the back of the chair to fold down, making transporting the lounger a breeze. See it in action here.

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alle table by staffan holm for Hem

The Alle table ($799) folds flat, is made from oak, and features joinery inspired by Japanese design. See how the piece collapses and sets up here. Like most pieces from Hem, some assembly, but no special tools are required.

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storm pillow by Sylvain Willenz

The Storm Square pillow ($69 each) by Sylvain Willenz features a razzle dazzle pattern inspired by a camouflaging technique used by WWII ships. Hem uses a 3D weaving technique to achieve the texture.

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key side table by gamfratesi

Of-the-moment designers Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi have been raking in awards and collaborating with renowned companies like Christopher Farr, Gubi, and Ligne Roset. The duo created the three-legged Key table, which has a wood top ($199).

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geo outline rug navy

The Geo Outline rug ($259) measures five-by-eight feet and is made from a wool-cotton blend. Your toes will thank you.

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For the tabletop, consider these turned wood bowls. $45–$160.

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Hitch Mirror Hem

Bainbridge Island–based designers Grain made created this mirror that nods to the nautical ($99).

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kuu lamp by hem

A jellyfish-like fabric shade diffuses light in this piece by Kerstin Sylwan and Jenny Stefansdotter ($149).

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hem hai chair by luca nichetto

Until you can afford that swanky Eames Lounge, consider the Hai chair ($1,199). Luca Nichetto, who regularly designs for high-end brands like De La Espada, Casamania, and Cassina, masterminded this item, which features handsome upholstery and slender metal legs. A genius structure allows the back of the chair to fold down, making transporting the lounger a breeze. See it in action here.

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