This is the Internet wormhole I just feel into:
--> Skimming PerezHilton.com
--> Saw a post about a Miranda July's project called We Think Alone. Somehow it uses emails from celebs as the centerpiece for a money-themed art thing...that's all I know.
-->Email excerpt from an email sent to Lena Dunham about a custom couch she was thinking about buying:
The price to make the Liljevalch Sofa is $14,878.93 plus the fabric which is $283.56 per meter and we would need 20 meters of fabric. So the entire cost of the couch would be $20,554.39. Shipping the sofa: It will take between 16 and 20 weeks to make and ship the sofa to us (from Sweden and will cost $3,080.85, plus $400.00 in customs charges. whenever you pick the fabric I can order for you! :) xox
decided it's just too expensive:)
WHAT IS A LILJEVALCH SOFA, WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE, AND DO I WANT ONE???!!
The Liljevalch sofa was designed in 1934 by Josef Frank. He designed this large, deep sofa in protest over the "prevailing functionalism and boring Swedish handicrafts."
So people were protesting IKEA before there was IKEA.
For something designed in the 30s, it feels just as current today. It is low and deep and comfortable, while still being sleek and contemporary. There is no way I would spend 20k on it, but I can see why millionaires choose it as their splurge.
Apartment Therapy devoted an article to Liljevalch stand-ins and admitted they failed. They couldn't find anything inexpensive, and every sofa they did fine, was missing something.