FURNISHINGS

Prouvé Cité Lounge Chair

Continuing the tradition of featuring a design classic each week (‘Classic Thursdays’ perhaps?), we turn our attention to Prouvé’s Cité Lounge Chair.

Designed by Jean Prouvé in 1930, the Cité Lounge Chair has broad leather arm straps and a molded sheet steel frame. This chair was one of Prouvé’s earlier furniture designs, and typifies his rational-sculptural aesthetic. The strong lines with a reserved color palette all lead to a subtle modern look that looks just as current as it was eighty years ago.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,775.00
Availability: Buy Prouvé Cité Lounge Chair here

Houdini Chair by Stefan Diez

Besides being easy on the eye, this chair from e15 is also worth noting for its construction method: it’s completely screwless. Made from 4mm thin oak-veneered plywood, the Houdini Chair is both visually and physically light and perfectly complements all e15 tables. There’s several photos showing how it’s constructed (The Making Of), which is as fascinating as it is laborious.

Luckily, there’s a collection by Stefan Diez, of which the Armchair, Lounge, and Stool particularly stand out.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £430.00
Available from: Nest.co.uk

Readers’ Nest

There’s been a few similarly convenient book rests that we’ve posted (Studio 1 and Book Rest Lamp are two that come to mind) but this one has a bit more space below for a larger stack, perfect for those of us that prefer to have several books available all at once.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Frame Coffee Table

More Iacoli & McAllister, except this time it’s not lighting. The Frame Coffee Table is available in a black or white powder coated base with a natural, white wash, or black wash top, and there’s also the Frame Side Table if you’re looking for a smaller occasional size.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $1300.00
Available from: Iacoli & McAllister

Cantilever Sofa by Noah Packard

So, I’d never really heard of StyleFactory, nor am I particularly entranced by voting for products only to find out they may or may not be made, but I am fairly impressed with this sofa. It’s very mid century (exactly the sort of thing you wish you’d find at a thrift or resale shop) and with the cantilevered table you’ll have one less side table to find.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,295.00
Available from: StyleFactory

Eames Molded Dining Chair DCM

Remember my little speech last week about adding more classics into the BLTD mix? Well, here it is Thursday and time for another piece deemed classic by many a mid century fan.

Charles and Ray Eames are quite famous for their experimentation in wood-molding techniques and their success in creating high-quality furniture that could be mass produced. The Plywood Group, to which this dining chair belongs, is made from a process that eliminates extraneous wood, which lightens each chair’s visual profile and weight. The seat and back are molded to fit the body, making these chairs a comfortable seating option. You might also be interested to know, if you don’t already, that this chair is in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and in my own dining room (link).

The Eames Molded Dining Chair is available with either chromed tubular steel or wood base frames (DCM – Dining Chair Metal – or DCW – Dining Chair Wood).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Available from: hivemodern.com

Framed Buffet by moca

This varnished buffet by moca is composed of multiple compartments in several different colours, as you can see. While it’s a bit high on the budget scale, the color options are entirely want-worthy and would probably jazz up any dull room in a split second. A black steel frame supports the compartments and gives a nice line to contrast with the visual blocks of color.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €3899.00 excl VAT
Available from: moca

Keep Table

As you can probably tell from inspecting the photo above, this table is made from pieces of wood held together with metal bands. You’ll be happy to hear that those pieces of wood are leftovers from wood furniture production, and because of this, each table is unique. Winner of Muuto’s 2009 Talent Award, the table was a senior project of design students Petter Thörne and Anders Johnsson from Konstfack School of Design in Stockholm.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $4,350.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Starling Chair

A New Zealand Portage leather sling seat contrasts nicely against a white ash hand-turned frame; together they provide a comfortable lounge that would keep a seating area visually clean and light.

Starling was designed by Cameron Foggo of New Zealand.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,275.00
Available from: Merchant no. 4

Blackboard Storage Cabinet by Peter Jakubik

A blackboard cabinet, offering endless ways to entertain oneself by drawing images, words, etc. on the doors… just how much do your fingers itch to pick up a piece of chalk and get busy making marks? I’m slightly breaking the rules by posting this cabinet, as it’s a brand new, handmade prototype and a only available through placing a custom order. All that said, you can purchase it by emailing Peter Jakubik (peterjakubik.info(at)gmail.com).

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Purchase Information:

Price: €4,000.00 (approx.)
Available from: Peter Jakubik

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Dogface by DocaPet

This peanut butter scented soldier will no doubt cast a smile on your face each time your dog attempts to tear him in two. Cute. Made from natural (and durable) rubber.

Size: 4″ x 7″

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.50
Available from: GSelect

Hans Wegner CH25 Easy Chair

Now, I know most of you are probably familiar with the bona fide design classics, seeing as they’ve made their way into just about a bajillion shelter magazine shots and are available from many a reputable retailer. I’ve long thought that there was really no need to feature all the well known names and designs here on BLTD, as it seemed a bit repetitive and unnecessary. However, seeing as we’ve reached well over 6,000 posts of notable products from hundreds of different retailers, there’s a huge gaping hole for all those ‘classics’ that we’ve sidestepped. I think from now on we’ll aim to fill in that hole, featuring pieces that are, at times, a bit expensive, yet always available to purchase online should you wish to add them to your collection.

Easy Chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son:

The CH25 Easy Chair was designed in 1950 and is a classic example of Wegner’s ‘organic functionalism’, for which he is internationally famous. Skilled craftspeople take 8 to 10 hours weaving more than 1300 feet of papercord to create each chair’s unique seat and back. Comfortable and ergonomic, this classic embodies Wegner’s belief that a chair “should be beautiful from all sides and angles.”

To learn more, visit Wegner’s Wikipedia page, PP Møbler, or Carl Hansen & Søn.

Made in Denmark.

Black Oak Frame Easy Chair, shown above, $3,295.00 from DWR

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Trestle Desk

The budget-conscious among you might just appreciate the $399 price tag attached to this trestle desk. It looks pretty decent (considering), with hardwood legs and ash veneer over a MDF core (you can’t ask for fancier stuff than that without paying more).

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Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Design House Stockholm Twist Table

Update: Originally $500, this table is now on sale for $330 through emmohome.com.

Inspired by a clown spinning hula hoops, this table makes the most out of your floor space with multiple rotating shelves.

Size: 23.25h x 2.5″diam.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Availability: Buy Design House Stockholm Twist Table here

T-Shirt Chair by Maria Westerberg

This is a nice way to recycle your old t-shirts or jeans, especially if you’re the type that hates the thought of donating the softest (i.e., best) of the bunch just because of a few holes or two. This chair by Maria Westerberg starts out as a plain frame and becomes a chair after you add your own worn textiles. It’s also available with fabric from left-over pieces from sofa manufacturing (£580) already woven in, but I think the fun would be in making your own (plus, it’s more affordable that way).

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Purchase Information:

Price: £275.00
Availability: Buy T-Shirt Chair by Maria Westerberg here