FURNISHINGS

Joya Rocker

If you’re in need of a rocker to soothe a baby (or yourself?) to sleep, you might just consider this one from Monte Design. It has a small footprint (25″w x 31″l) so it could fit into a smaller room with little to no problem, and the clean modern lines won’t offend anyone’s senses.

Wood base options include a choice of Solid American Walnut or White.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $895.00
Available from: Monte Design

Saarinen Tables

“I wanted to clear up the slum of legs.” So said Eero Saarinen, designer of the well known pedestal (aka Tulip) collection, which includes a dining, coffee and side table.
Winner of the 1969 Museum of Modern Art Award, Saarinen’s collection is one of many iconic designs from the mid century.

To learn more about the designer, visit Eero Saarinen’s wikipedia page.
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View Saarinen Tables here

Bentwood Walnut Shelves

Am I reading this right, $369 for walnut wood shelves? Seems entirely suspicious, doesn’t it? Yet it seems to be true. Designed by Sean Dix, this shelving unit with slightly upturned ends has a distinct multi-cultural feel, which is no surprise when learning that Sean Dix has lived in Europe, Hong Kong, Fiji and the Philippines.

Available in a choice of American walnut or white oak.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $369.00
Availability: Buy Bentwood Walnut Shelves here

Rian RTA Barstool from Semigood Design

These stools by Semigood Design are fantastic. Each piece is designed and handmade to order in their Seattle workshop (hence the lead time of 2-4 weeks) and all wood used is FSC-certified. While it is a ‘ready–to–assemble’ product, it should take you no longer than 5 minutes to have it ready for use. Stock colors are Red/Orange, Smoke, White, or Blue.

Available in a 17″ stool, 26″ counter stool or 29″ bar stool.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $695.00
Available from: Semigood Design

Reflect Sideboard

Designed by Søren Rose Studio for Muuto, the Reflect Sideboard is heavily influenced by traditional Scandinavian furniture. Natural oak wood gives the piece warmth while the curved drawer fronts give detail and interest.

Also, don’t forget you could win an Eero Aarnio Ball Chair from Finnish Design Shop… you have until April 21, 2011.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,762.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Bertoia Side Chair

Another design classic for you on this Thursday…

Made from industrial steel rods, Harry Bertoia created his iconic seating collection in 1952 at the invitation of Florence and Hans Knoll. Bertoia was given free reign to create what he wished, and the result was a reflection of his interest in metal work and open forms. Bertoia says, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.” A fixture of mid-century design, the chairs are now available in a variety of finishes with or without replaceable seat cushion, back pad, or full cover. The popularity of the chairs (and the royalties he received) allowed Bertoia to return to sculpture soon after completing the collection.

Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer of the Bertoia Collection which has been in continuous production since 1952.

To learn more, visit Harry Bertoia’s wikipedia page.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $500.00 and up
Availability: Buy Bertoia Side Chair here

Filing Cabinet No. 1

If you’re planning on following Kris’s Paper-free Living guide, then just ignore this little filing cabinet. You won’t need it. However, if you’re the type to hold on to hard copies no matter what, this cabinet is pretty decent for modern-yet-affordable office storage.

Locking file storage accommodates legal or standard sized files.
Available in Black or White.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Sapien Bookcase (Sale)

Goodness knows you’ve seen the Sapien bookcases around. I was reminded just how much I like them when seeing a few side by side in the apartment of Christopher Hitchens (in The Sunday Times: here’s the only photo I could find). The shorter bookcase holds up to 50 books, while the tall can accommodate up to 70.

15% off DWR’s semiannual sale ends March 22, 2011.
Short Sapien Bookcase, $198.00
Tall Sapien Bookcase, $298.00
Support BLTD by buying at DWR.

Purchase Information:

Price: $198.00 - 298.00
Available from: DWR

Log Stool

The look of nature except without all the bark mess… and, of course, softer for your feet or derriere as well. From Pedlars.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

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