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FURNISHINGS

Blackline Furniture Collection

If you’re in the market for dark and minimal pieces, have I got a treat for you. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. has recently expanded their collection to include a Bench, Low Table, and Step Stool. If the dark/black version doesn’t float your boat, you may also specify a bleached or natural finish as well. Traditional wood joinery sets the collection in the heirloom category, so it’ll last a lot longer than you (plan to note in your will which favorite kid/niece/nephew inherits which piece- happy thoughts, huh?). Each piece has a timeless, simple silhouette and will work in whatever room you choose.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00 +
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Minimal Float Wall Desk

Are floating wall desks still a thing? If you think so, then this one will suit you just fine. Mount it to any wall for a multi-purpose workspace or landing pad. It’s especially suited for smaller spaces like bedrooms, as leg room isn’t an issue. Mount it at any height you want (standing maybe?), stick a laptop/monitor on it and voilà! you have a sleek little workstation that can hide your keyboard and papers away when you’re not using them. Choose between the Small (36″w) or Large (51″w) depending on your needs. Maybe it could even go in a large hallway as a floating console for keys and mail and such?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $649.00-799.00
Available from: 2modern

Turning Table from Menu

Finally, a decent coffee table that will hide your junk. German designer Theresa Arns has thoughtfully allowed us a storage space for stashing remotes, magazines, chargers, and all that other miscellany that makes us look like slobs. The lid rotates open, giving you ample space to see and store living area stuff.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $499.95
Available from: MENU

Frames 2.0 Grid Bookcase

This isn’t your normal bookcase, as it doesn’t have solid shelves. Instead it’s composed of 12 wooden frames, all open in the middle. Books may still be balanced over the frames, of course, but other possibilities arise when considering the use of the middle space; things like planters or containers can hang from the frames, thus enabling you to create a versatile bookcase or room divider. When packed, all the wooden frames fit together to create a long, flat, easy-to-ship box.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €1495
Available from: Gerard de Hoop

Donna Wilson Pouffes

These pouffes (or poufs, as you might call them) not only add pattern and interest to a room, but also they add a soft texture to a seating area. Plus, you can’t go wrong with anything done by Donna Wilson, or maybe you can and I just refuse to believe it. I actually have one Henry and one Ernest Pouffe in my living room, and we use them every evening as foot rests. Super comfortable. Now on sale from The Future Perfect.

-Each is made by hand stuffing Calico bags and upholstering them with knitted panels, reminiscent of segments of an orange.
-Upholstered in a specially designed Donna Wilson knitted wool pattern made in Scotland.

Henry Pouf, 16″ x 16″, $393.00 $195.00
Frank Pouf, 31.5″ W x 16″ H, $625.00, (not available)
Ernest Pouf, 24″ x 12″ H, $608.00, $300.00

Donna Wilson Pouffes

Updated price and link; originally from our archives (posted Jun 29, 2009).

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00 - 300.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Frame Hi Bed

As you get older, do you feel like your taste in furniture becomes more expensive? If so, let’s commiserate together. I’m trying to settle on furnishings for a lake house, and it’s been a continual push and pull between budget constraints and nicer items of quality. Case in point, do I splurge on beds, as they’re the main item in a bedroom, and thus will most likely be there forever? Or do I settle for a pretty good alternative, as I’ll probably be the only one that notices the finer details between the two? Hmm, choices.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,212.00 - 3,528.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Stockholm Sideboard

Few things manage to hit just the right note of elegant simplicity, but the Stockholm Sideboard by Mario Ruiz for Punt is perfectly pitched. Quality materials, fine detailing, and the absence of drawer pulls creates a minimal luxe look, while the elevated sides add an extra shelving space that will keep books and artifacts* safely placed. Something like this is surely customizable, yes? Of course. Choose between pale rose or gold for the top shelf edging and white, black, stone, or dark brown for the slim legs. See the various veneer options below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $4,320.00
Available from: A+R Store

Step Stool by Federico Gregorutti

Don’t worry, I’m still on the quest for the perfect barstool- something simple and modern, yet not too terribly expensive*. The Step Stool by Federico Gregorutti might suit your needs, as it fits the requirements and has a handful of bright colors to choose from, though the blue/black option is my favorite (as usual).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $448.00
Available from: MATTER

Dash Wall-Mounted Shelving

If you’ve ever wrestled with floating shelves, you know that finding studs or installing anchors is usually a huge pain in the ass. The Dash Wall-Mounted Shelving by Darin Montgomery (of Urbancase) promises easy mounting via a smart system that requires no stud mounting locations. Really, no studs. Each thin shelf holds up to 40 pounds, so you could confidently stack some books or set a couple of speakers on there without worrying about the whole thing tumbling down.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: A+R Store

Pocket Armchair

You know how you’re able to tell you’re a grown-up? It’s not setting up a retirement account, or doing your taxes, though those things are important. It’s actually having a decent place to sit down in your home. As in, a comfortable seat that you’ve picked out (or paid someone to pick out for you) and would guide a guest towards when they visit. You can’t be embarrassed of it and it has to be nicer than what a 21 year old would buy from IKEA. Sorry IKEA and 21 year olds, but those are the rules.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $899.00
Available from: Hem

Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen

The Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen is so fun I can hardly resist adding one or two somewhere in my living room. Plus, it’s now available in velour, and, just in case you were wondering, yes, that does increase its appeal. It’s so round and friendly- I bet we’d all sit back and put up our feet more often if this little guy was around. Use it as a footrest, a coffee table, or an extra seat when guests drop by. It won’t lose its shape either- two different types of foam ensures softness on the upper and firmness on the bottom.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $355.55 +
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

Frame Canopy Bed

Huh? This seems like a price too good to be true for a canopy bed. I always thought Room&Board’s Architecture Bed was the best price in the business, but now this Frame Canopy Bed just might take the spot. Canopy beds are excellent for creating a room within a room, which is very suitable for large rooms with high ceilings. Will you get tired of the the brass plated corners after a few weeks years? Maybe, but whenever that happens, there’s more than enough DIY guides on painting brass that will fix that. A quick spray primer on the brass parts and then another contrasting color (dark blue?) would look fantastic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00 - 799.00
Available from: CB2

Waxed Canvas & White Ash Travel Chair

Ah, how nice it is to be out of doors, sitting around the campfire or at a music festival… unless your back hurts and you’re starting to get really annoyed at yourself for not bringing your own darn chair. This foldable, portable chair will do well on your trips and travels thanks to a treatment of all-weather Danish oil on its white ash wood frame. The chair back is high enough to rest your neck or head, and the waxed cotton fabric will stay put with stainless steel hardware.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Uplift Adjustable Height Desk

Remember the Renew™ Executive Sit-to-Stand Desk featured last week? You might have thought it was a little out of your price range, and, if so, maybe you’ll find this Uplift Desk to be a bit more within reach. Sure, there’s a few differences you’ll notice between the two, but if you want a more affordable sit-stand option, this might be a winner. The steel frame has a motor in each leg to give 26″ of height adjustment- quickly and quietly. There’s also a memory keypad option to save the heights you use the most. Several different tops and a telescoping frame allow you to customize the look and width. Take a look at all the options to craft your ideal workspace.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $639.00+
Available from: UPLIFT Desk

Birdhouse Bookshelf

Perch your book on this little shelf by Thing industries for safekeeping. It’s the perfect ledge beside the bed, for it has an angled roof that will keep your place in whatever book you’re reading. Stash your alarm clock or your mobile phone inside, or anything else that needs to be out of the way yet within easy reach.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Available from: Thing industries