Collection by Diana Budds

Hem: Minimalist Dream Furniture at a Price You Can (Almost) Afford


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.

Until you can afford that swanky Eames Lounge, consider the Hai chair ($1,199).
The Alle table ($799) folds flat, is made from oak, and features joinery inspired by Japanese design.
The Storm Square pillow ($69 each) by Sylvain Willenz features a razzle dazzle pattern inspired by a camouflaging...
Of-the-moment designers Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi have been raking in awards and collaborating with renowned...
The Geo Outline rug ($259) measures five-by-eight feet and is made from a wool-cotton blend. Your toes will thank you.
For the tabletop, consider these turned wood bowls. $45–$160.
Bainbridge Island–based designers Grain made created this mirror that nods to the nautical ($99).
A jellyfish-like fabric shade diffuses light in this piece by Kerstin Sylwan and Jenny Stefansdotter ($149).