Ikea’s unexciting (but inoffensive) Malm furniture range fits into – and has probably spent time in – most Australian homes.
And while credit is due to Eva Lilja Löwenhielm, the Swedish designer who created it, if you’re looking for a piece with quirk and personality, perhaps Malm is not for you.
Instagram account CCSS is the anti-Malm. Since launching in 2017, it’s gained a cult following for its pre-loved furniture and objects, including popular mid-century and Danish designs as well as off-centre retro and one-off finds.
Back then, you’d buy items via the comments section – first in, first to kick that Malm tallboy to the curb – but last year, a proper online store opened to give fans a more instantaneous shopping experience.
And it’s full of gems. There are slouchy restored Togo sofas by luxury French brand Ligne Roset – choose from a velvet three-seater or an olive-leather armchair – and a set of four rattan and steel chairs from 1970s Italy that are reminiscent of Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer’s classic Cesca design.
There’s also dreamy modular sofas, a sea-green marmoreal (engineered marble) dining table, 1940s crystal lamps, an eclectic vintage table with a hand-cracked eggshell finish, timeless Danish tallboys and Grant Featherston Numero IV high-back chairs, reimagined for 2020 in fine wool fabric.
And – we checked – there’s no Malm in sight.