As the old adage used to say, “Good design isn’t cheap, and cheap design isn’t good”. For a while, this was definitely the case. But today, design innovators are offering more and more creative solutions that are actually affordable. Gone are the days of blowing an entire month’s salary (or, let’s be honest – probably two) on the perfectly crafted Scandinavian chair. The time for great design at a great price is here, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
In the spirit of democratising design, we’re putting the spotlight on five aesthetically inspiring creations that won’t break the bank.
Designer driving experience: Hyundai i30 N
Built to offer an exhilarating driving experience for everyone, the Hyundai i30 N isn’t just designed to be beautiful — it’s designed to be fun as well. Stepping behind the wheel of this model offers so much more than just getting from point A to point B. This South Korean-manufactured car is all about emotion and excitement. With top speeds of 155mph, it’s the perfect car for those of us who relish a good joyride with our favourite radio hits on full blast.
Eyebrow-raising eyewear: Ace & Tate
Offering up quality frames at a fair price, Amsterdam-based eyewear label Ace & Tate makes great-looking prescription glasses starting at €98 – Rx included! With a new batch of frames available in acetate and metal released every season, there’s sure to be a pair for every face.
Typeface heavyweight: Helvetica
It’s the font that inspired an entire documentary, in addition to being utilised on more than a few of your favourite brands’ logos. Created by Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann in 1957, the sans serif typeface has since become a design legend in its own right. Available for free on all Macintosh computers, this allegiance towards Apple – along with heavy usage from pervy businessman Dov Charney – helped cement Helvetica’s spot in hipster design history. We can only hope that Comic Sans gets the same treatment one day.
Tumblers worth raising a glass to: Rien by New Tendency
The design darlings of Berlin-based New Tendency can transform even the most ordinary of objects into something chic, as evidenced by the brand’s Rien drinking glasses. Whether you’re thirsting for a glass of wine or even a simple cup of water, these delicate, cone-shaped tumblers will make you feel like Bauhaus royalty during every sip.
Classic kicks: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
American fashion design at its finest, Chuck Taylors are casual and preppy while still maintaining a bit of an edge. The footwear of choice for rockstars everywhere, The Ramones, the Rolling Stones and Nirvana were all known to sport a pair. And at 50 bucks a pop, these canvas shoes aren’t just timeless – they’re incredibly pocket friendly, too.