Alas, on the more proletarian end, Ikea continues to fail design-conscious parents with an uninspired (and possibly Swedish) adherence to homespun cutesiness in their kiddie furniture. But designers Jenny Argie and Andrew Thornton of Argington are well-equipped for the recession era, continuing to provide good-looking, eco-friendly options for the sane and thrifty: Case in point is their Taj chair, simple and non-ugly, yet strangely affordable at $60.
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.