Fauvism makes a delightful return with the Museum Slipper
chair. The black-and-tan pattern suggests both wildcats and
jungle leaves, but the gently fluted legs and the plush
seating whisper refinement. 979 Third Avenue, Suite 804, New
York, NY 10022; 212-223-8340.
|Yepes Fine Furniture
The Crystal Ball is a chair Salvador Dalí would have loved.
The solid-walnut piece is a study in playful asymmetry: The
slatted back extends to the floor to form a rear counterpart
to the oddly offset, round-footed legs. Available in a variety
of woods and colors, it is 42 inches high, with a seat height
of 18 inches and a width of 181/2 inches. 60 Van Dam Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11222; 718-599-6963; yepesfinefurniture.com.
The sculptural COMpod Lounge Series is a glimpse into the
future of design. The winning entry in a student contest, the
line offers both casual comfort and refinement. Each piece has
a specific raison d'être: The Create chair inspires industry
and creativity; the Play lounge encourages relaxation and
distraction; and the Meet two-seater promotes face-to-face
encounters. P.O. Box 2065, 2401 South College Drive, High
Point, NC 27261; 336-889-2009; davisfurniture.com.
Here's a seemingly forgotten notion: an elegant,
no-nonsense executive chair that's designed to go the
distance. Add a green-friendly heart, and you've got Chord.
The chair boasts self-skinned urethane arm pads,
double-needled upholstery seams, and polished arms made from
100 percent post-consumer recycled aluminum harvested from
discarded auto parts. 250 Swathmore Avenue, High Point, NC
27263; 800-627-6770; brayton.com.
Isamu Noguchi's work for Martha Graham and the sculpture of
Barbara Hepworth inspired the head-turning form of this
designer's chaise. The 36-by-24-by-40-inch piece rests on a
chrome-steel base that can be topped with any upholstery.
The clean-lined Chair 4 is a study in subtle textural
contrasts. A light yet sturdy frame of sheet metal—available
in powdercoated steel or in white, black, orange, red, or
gray—supports a flat, solid-walnut seat. Need to take the edge
off? No problem: The seat is also available in upholstery. 27
Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206; 718-782-3539; hivemindesign.com.
Bubble Rock makes terrific eye candy. The square, round,
and trapezoidal shapes comprise a double-paneled
pine-and-poplar frame covered by elastic straps of covered
rubber and polyurethane foam. The pieces can be covered in an
array of fabric or leather, or the customer's own material.
Strada del Cavolto, I-22040 Anzano del Parco (CO), Italy;
The Free armchair has all the right angles. Reminiscent of
1960's mod designs, the sleek wings and arms are ready to
enfold the sitter in a comfortable origami. The swivel
pedestal base in chrome sports adjustable feet for uneven
floors. Upholstered in fire-retardant polyurethane foam, the
piece can be covered in any color Kvadrat fabric or in
leather, as well as in the customer's own material. Through
Property, 14 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013; 917-237-0123;
Industrial designer Patrick Messier created the sensual
Mamma rocking chair to offset the dearth of comfortable and
attractive versions of this living room classic. The
undulating, ribbonlike fiberglass piece, available in white or
in custom colors, is coated with a special high-gloss urethane
finish. 5550 Fullum Street, Office 312, Montreal, Quebec H2G
2H4, Canada; 888-271-0909; editorialliving.com.
The refined, low-seated Arne offers a pleasing asymmetry:
armrests of different shapes and heights. Combine the end unit
with a chaise longue to create corner configurations.
Available in fabric or leather, this piece measures 124 inches
long, 591/2 inches deep, and 263/4 inches high. Other lengths
are offered. 150 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10155;
|Forms + Surfaces
The modular Transit Seating bench brings no-nonsense
versatility to the travel market. The perforated
stainless-steel frame comes in nine versions and can be
configured in a multitude of ways. It's also eco-friendly:
It's 80 percent or greater recycled content, and all
components are fully recyclable. Available in natural
stainless steel or powdercoat. 6395 Cindy Lane, Carpenteria,
CA 93013; 800-451-0410; forms-surfaces.com.
Why should pigs have all the fun? Truffle is a delicious
confection of roto-molded plastic that jazzes up the old
beanbag. The surprisingly supportive seat is available in
green, white, and black. The piece is 43 inches wide by 17
inches high (23 inches high with base). Via Per Cantu,
35-22060 Montesolaro (Co), Italy; 39-031-780237; porro.com.
A tuxedo chair on a diet, Wind is an elegant, slimmed-down
lounger that perches breezily on a tubular polished-chrome
base. The chair, as well as two- and three-seaters, is
available in hundreds of fabrics, leathers, and vinyls. 17
West Stow Road, Marlton, NJ 08053; 800-220-1900; globaltotaloffice.com.
Bring the café into the office with the convivial Altcafe
lounge chair, which invites you to arrange your legs any way
you like, scoot around on its rolling castors, or scribble on
its pivoting tablet. The acrylic fabric comes in lime green,
mandarin orange, ruby red, smoke blue, black, brown, beige,
and light gray. 203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago,
IL 60601; 312-917-6200; okamura.co.jp.
Some might prefer Komplot Design's Gubi lounge chair
covered in cherry-red wool, one of 77 fabric colors. Others
might choose leather upholstery. And a third group might go
for the molded shell on its own, in beech, maple, oak, or
walnut veneers. Regardless of seat options, legs are matte or
polished chrome. Stacking and stool versions round out the
offerings. 7-9 Klubiensvej, Warehouse 53, 2100 Copenhagen,
Denmark; 45-3332-6368; gubi.dk.
With plump pillows and a reverse-camelback profile, the
Gabriel sofa beckons people to get off their feet. Part of the
Hollywood Glam collection, the sumptuous seat is shown in teal
velvet with espresso wood finish and pewter foot caps.
Available in literally hundreds of fabrics, the piece is 87
inches long by 39 inches wide. 1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite
710, McLean, VA 22102; 877-290-1502; robinbruce.com.
Woven leather cord contrasts with the cool metal frame of
the Peter chair, creating a serious alternative to rattan. The
crisscross frame is available in a nickel-stained or chromed
finish. Also offered in leather in colors ranging from white
to black to Russian red. 150 East 58th Street, 9th Floor, New
York, NY 10155; 866-353-9763.
With a deep seat and gently reclining back, the Tyler chair
invites thoughtful repose. It has an oak frame available in
standard oak finishes, including ceruse, brandy, and
chocolate. It can be upholstered in the customer's own
material. 654 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021;
Just like Fendi's clothing and accessories, the Efea is
about sensual materiality. Set on a walnut and polyurethane
base, the chair comes in three sizes. The more than 250
upholstery choices range from faux iguana and pony skin to
Belgian linen. 90 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137;
|Smith & Watson
An update on a Thomas Hope original from the 19th century,
the Hall chair imparts grace to even the most staunchly
contemporary entryway. Offered in mahogany as well as this
antiqued gesso finish—a look that was also popular back in
Hope's time. 200 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016;
The 78-inch-long Nerine bench exhibits sustainable
techniques and materials (salvaged railroad ties for the seat
and sand-cast aluminum for the legs) and high-concept whimsy
(wings). Sublime American Design, 26 Varick Street, New York,
NY 10013; 212-941-8888; sublimeamericandesign.com.
Christian Liaigre's posh lounge seating includes Beluga.
This sofa, upholstered in COM, is 9 feet 10 inches wide with
oak arms. The base comes in oak or metallic finishes such as
graphite. 801 West Adams Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60607;
From the Lucien Rollin Collection comes the Chaise Apollon
lounge and ottoman—in cotibe wood with brass, nickel, or
bronze hardware and feet. 6-611 Alexander Street, Vancouver,
British Columbia V6A 1E1, Canada; 604-255-5911; williamswitzercollection.com.
Sava Cvek designed the reasonably priced Champion task
chair, endowing it with a flexing backrest, articulating arm
caps, an adjustable seat, and lumbar support. More than 100
upholstery fabrics can ship in 48 hours or less. Some leather
and COM options take longer. 11451-A Harter Drive, Middlebury,
IN 46540; 866-839-9666; zoomseating.com.
|Bright Chair Company
The Elana by Douglas Levine cants enough to encourage
lounging but also works around the dinner table. Shown in
canary-yellow leather, the chair is available in a wide range
of other colors including green, blue, red, brown, and black.
Legs come in cherry and maple, as do the optional arms.
Finishes vary. 51 Railroad Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940;
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