Seating

Aluminum Stool #1

Does this stool remind you a little of planes or bridges? The fascination of such things is the inspiration for this very strong and lightweight stool. It weighs less than 2 lbs., so you can carry it around the house with ease, yet holds up to approximately 250 lbs. Not a bad return weight-wise. The seat pad is 1/4″ natural wool felt.
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No longer available.

Curtis Rocker

$299 for a rocking chair? Pretty good price, I’d say. Felted wool cushion (in clover or storm) keeps you comfortable while the frame is made from solid elm. It’s an extremely simple silhouette and has a Scandinavian vibe without looking too IKEA-ish. Anyone know how comfortable it is?
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Price: $299.00
Available from: CB2

Piana Folding Chair

Man, this folding chair is something else. When you think about regular folding chairs and their clunky look and quality, this one is a winner. Sleek and simple, it folds completely flat, allowing for stacking horizontally or hanging on a wall hook. This would be a great choice for extra seating, as you can store it away in a closet when not needed. Also suitable for outdoor use. Sale is valid October 6–18 (2011), so you can save a little by ordering now.
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Price: $191.25

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Available from: DWR

Trunk and Stump by Kalon Studios

How in the world has this bench and stool not been featured on our site before? Color me surprised. The price point seems rather reasonable, not to mention the smaller Stump Stool is an absolute steal at $85. Both pieces are raw and unfinished and are cut from the green wood of a tree trunk, so you’ll see the surface split as it ages and dries. Made from FSC Certified domestic Maple or Ash, sanded to a smooth finish.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Kalon Studios

Krusin Lounge Armchair

What do you think about this armchair? I see a little midcentury influence, yet the size and angles make it appear to have a more contemporary/modern flair. Designed by Marc Krusin, the Krusin lounge chair is available in many options: White Ash, Black Lacquer, Danish Blue Lacquer, White Lacquer, Ebonized Oak, Fumed Oak, Grey Oak with White Cereuse, Grey Oak with Black Cereuse, Natural Oak or American Walnut. Also, check out the Krusin Lounge Chair (armless, $817.00) shown below.
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Price: $1,034.00
Available from: yliving

Salt Chair

Whoa, the Salt Chair is now down at $83.30 due to DWR’s dining sale. I believe that makes it the least expensive chair that DWR has ever carried (correct me if I’m wrong). The Salt Chair is a classic choice for a dining area, especially as it has a very compact footprint, which means less wasted space.

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Price: $98.00
Available from: DWR

Horqueta Chair

This Horqueta* Chair has an awfully friendly price tag, don’t you think? Especially considering it’s less than a light fixture made from corrugated cardboard (see Upcycle Pendant Lamp). Steel frame in hi-gloss carbon powdercoat.
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Price: $229.00
Available from: CB2

Shanghay Chair

Four narrow boards bend to form this very simple chair. Interestingly enough, you can create your own hybrid design if you own multiple colors, as it’s easy to disassemble and reassemble. It was originally created for the Danish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and you can read more about it at KiBiSi and HAY Denmark.
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Price: $285.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sandberg Chair

Hmm, this chair from Room & Board has a quiet sort of beauty, doesn’t it? It has just enough mid century modern flavor to keep it from being boring, yet it’s not something that screams ‘look at me, look at me’ when you first enter the room. It would be an excellent seating choice for a low key area. You have a choice between solid maple, solid cherry, solid walnut or solid maple with ebony stain (do you get that it’s made from solid wood?).
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Price: $599.00
Available from: Room & Board

Rig Barstool

Sustainable Mango wood plus a pop of hi-gloss red, and it’s adjustable (~ 4″) too… you can’t really go wrong with this barstool. At $149, it’s firmly in the affordable category, which is always nice to see, especially if you’re needing a trio.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: CB2

Petrie Chair by Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel revisits a classic 60′s shape with tufted and buttoned cushions and updated colors. Just under a grand.

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Price: $999.00
Available from: Crate and Barrel

Green Chair by Javier Mariscal

How nice is the recent trend of furniture being made of recycled materials, thereby making the piece recyclable when it’s at the end of its life cycle? Very nice, indeed, and it’s certainly a trend to keep. This chair by Javier Mariscal is made from recycled polypropylene with a stacking metal base or a non-stacking wooden base. While I’ve only found one UK retailer so far, I’m sure there’ll be some retailers stateside that will pick it up (fingers crossed). Produced by Mobles 114.

The Green chair meets the Management System of Ecodesign UNE 150301.
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Price: £108.00 or 198.00
Available from: twentytwentyone

Handle Stool by temahome

Update: Originally $495 from MoMA, this stool is now on sale for $299.95 ($269.95 for members).

While it could be said that the price is rather dear for a simple stool, the colors are delightful, and the added ‘handle’ does add a playful sort of functionality. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the stool is actually covered in felt, which gives it that soft surface look and feel.

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Price: $299.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Shigeru Ban Modular Furniture System

There is more to this bench than meets the eye. Did you know it’s made primarily from recycled paper and plastic? Did you know it is a modular design based on on L-shaped units, which allow for building individual chairs, tables, and multi-seat configurations? One pack of ten makes a chair, table base or stool, while two packs will get you a bench, settee or coffee table. Three or more packs means longer bench seating (and possibly more interesting combinations). A simple system of connecting rods allows for quick assembly; one pack shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to set up. Noted Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is the brains behind this system (there’s lots of images of his architecture on google if you want a quick look).

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Price: $390.00 per pack
Available from: MODULE R

FlexibleLove

Similar, of course, to Molo’s softseating, this FlexibleLove bench folds up to less than a foot in length while providing seating for 8 to 20 people when fully extended. Impressive, no? I’d say it’d be extremely handy for parties.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $$200-$800
Available from: Industry Gallery