FURNISHINGS

Idle vs. Skiff

Here’s an interesting match up in the world of modern/minimal sun loungers: one of these is $899 and the other is $299. If you’re a stickler for details, you’ll probably notice a few subtle design clues to help you assess which one has the higher/lower price tag, and, as usual, the call on which lounger you like best is completely up to your discerning/nondiscerning eye (and wallet).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00 - 899.00
Available from: CB2

TON Chair 77

$99! No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke, that is the actual price of this chair originally designed by the legendary Czech furniture maker Michael Thonet. Recognize the name? Thonet is known for his iconic bentwood chairs in 1861, and TON updates the original design with a slim, rectangular backrest and a few gentle curves that show off the subtle flair possible with steam-bending techniques.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Conceal Vertical Display

You’ve most likely already seen the Conceal Bookshelf, and know of its apparently magic floating effect, and now you can trick the eye with the Vertical Display version. That’s right, make books float against your wall with just a simple bracket and voilà! cover art is displayed where everyone can see it.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Umbra

My Writing Desk

Is this a smart idea or what? My Writing Desk by Inesa Malafej has an outer edge or ‘wings’ to catch papers and books, not to mention all the other small desk debris that wants to jump off the surface of your worktop. The higher edges also help make the desk feel like a mini-room or microclimate, enveloping you amongst your precious things so you can concentrate and be brilliant at whatever task you attempt. Also available in a smaller size.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €1,075.00
Available from: Mookum

Different Trains Cabinet

Do you need to hide away some of your clutter, but not necessarily all of it? Take a look at the Different Trains Cabinet: it has sliding doors that partially conceal the contents, thus giving you options of play between positive and negative space. Two widths and various heights available.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,395.00 and up
Available from: The Future Perfect

Tractor vs. Metro Barstool

Hmm, these two stools are very similar, aren’t they? Is one flattering the other by imitating certain aspects of design or is it just a case of blatant copying? One was designed in 2000/2001 and the other showed up this recently this year. One costs four times what the other does, for good reason if the descriptions are anything to go by. I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s an ‘inspired by’ situation or a flat out copy-cat.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00 - 1,250.00
Available from: DWR

Octahedron Side Table

If you’re going to buy a side table, make it an Octahedron Side Table, please. This one by Eric Trine can live indoors or out thanks to its durable powder coat finish and steel welded construction. And the colors! White, black, royal blue, tomato red, industrial yellow, or mint, choose any one and it’ll be a hit.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: Eric Trine

The A Stool

Good news, the A Stool is now available from a US shop. With minimal assembly this flat pack stool forms two interlocking ‘A’ shapes that give structural strength as well as a little typographical flair to your home or office. Designed by ByALEX in London. Also in the collection are The A Table (£115), The A Coat Stand (£145), and the A Desk (£515).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Kate Spade Saturday

Criss Knit Orange Pod

Spring is… springing, and if we shall take hints from all the spring newsletters hitting our inbox, it’s time to think about sprucing up our outdoor area. Don’t worry, there’ll be more planters and tools and furniture featured soon, but for now, let’s talk about this Criss Knit Pod/Pouf. It’s outdoor-friendly as it’s made from poly-foam knit (it wipes clean) and a dense poly fill makes it suitable for an extra seat, ottoman, or table- just add a big tray on top. It is very orange, but maybe this year we’ll be a little bit more brave when it comes to color… agreed?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Risom Desk

Just a reminder that some of the spring sales are ending tomorrow. And, if you have some money to spend, you can save some money by spending a little time perusing the items on sale… such as the petite Risom Desk, originally designed in 1968 by Jens Risom for his home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Meant more for use as a writing surface than a computer station, it suits a simpler lifestyle with just one drawer with a removable walnut tray for desk supplies. Perhaps the pared down storage will encourage you to tailor your office supplies down to only the most necessary?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,485.00
Available from: DWR

Bonaldo Cosi Side Table

Come on, be brave. Pink is a flattering color no matter what your room’s complexion, and, if you need further encouragement, this wire frame side table is on sale too. Crafted in Italy, the metal structure is made of open, interlocking frames that create an interesting visual as you move around the room. Also available in a lilac/gray color.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $279.00
Available from: abc home

Componibili Round Storage Module

I know, I know, plastic isn’t your favorite material, but hey, you wouldn’t turn away a Componibili Round Storage Module on sale now, would you? After all, its friendly proportions makes it perfect for fitting into tight spots and its shiny surface and sliding doors are just enough ‘future’ to make sense alongside your other modern furnishings. Office, bathroom, kid’s room, wherever it goes, it’ll fit right in and give you some extra storage. And, did you know that the Componibili Modules have been in production for more than thirty years?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $102.00
Available from: YLiving

Plus Side Table

If you still find yourself (or your guests) placing their drinks on the floor, guess what? You need a couple more side tables. A seating area with no place to rest a cold glass or hot cup of tea is slightly awkward, and, before you comment, no, a koozie is not an acceptable solution. This Plus Side Table from CB2 is hand-carved from a solid stump of sustainable acacia wood, so it’s substantial and eco-friendly. Get a couple of side tables and THROW AWAY anything resembling a drink sleeve. That’s an order.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: CB2

CH24 Wishbone Chair

The CH24. The Wishbone. Whatever name you prefer, it’s a classic. And, unlike back in 1944 when Hans Wegner created the Wishbone, it’s now available in 15 different color lacquers as well as in natural oak or walnut. If that doesn’t tempt you, remember that right now there’s a sale on Carl Hansen & Son items, which means you save a little bit of dough when you decide to bite the bullet and add such an iconic piece to your collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $509.15 - 1,211.25
Available from: DWR

BrickBox

If you find you move quite a bit, this shelving system might be something to consider. The BrickBox is an individual stacking module that can be assembled in various ways to create a larger bookcase. It’s made of white laminated plywood, and, as you might expect, is easy to assemble from a flat pack. Have several small BrickBoxes for a smaller, lower bookcase, or stock up on several large Brickboxes for a more serious storage statement. No screws are necessary- small nylon plugs keep the boxes in place. And, when it comes time to pick up and move, you already have all your books and such in boxes- handy!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00 - 59.00
Available from: ModMobili