Seating

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

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

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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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

Fulham Leather Seating from Restoration Hardware

Hello Fulham, where have you been all my life? This sofa is available in 8, 9 and 10 foot widths! This thing reminds me of a sofa they may have in your hotel lobby and then you wish you had something this comfortable in your own home. It’s so masculine and 70’s. Love it!

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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,495.00 and up
Available from: Restoration Hardware

Juan DIY Stool

Update: Just saw that this is now $29. Sounds like a good deal, no?

Foldable. Stackable. Easy to store when flat. Does your laundry. Uh, no, not the last bit. But it is pretty amazing that you simply set up this stool with built-in indents and straps, and ta-da(!) you’ve got a transportable stool for 50 bucks.

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Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Club Chair Pool

Whoa, bright stuff. This boxy club chair is bang on trend, isn’t it… of course, I say it’s on trend, but I don’t have the images or data to back it up, other than a few links to fashion shows that you may or may not be interested in. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to see a nice pop of color hit the floor of a retail store, especially mid February.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: CB2

Life After Corkage Bar Stool + Ottoman

Hmm. What to do with 2,500 wine and champagne corks? Make an ottoman and barstool out of them and then sell it/them for $980 (I think they’re sold as a set, but I’ve got an email out to double check). Now, who has enough corks lying around to try a DIY version of this?

Whoa, update: it’s $980 each, not sold as set.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $980.00
Available from: Gessato

Kola Chair

Can you believe this chair is under the $500 mark? With such a contemporary silhouette/shape, it would look at home pretty much any where. It’s a breath of fresh air to know there are modern seating options that won’t break the bank.

Also available in black.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $442.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Bookworm Cardboard Stool

Not a bad price for a stool that looks like a big pile of books, even if it is cardboard… though, do keep in mind you’ll have to pay shipping from Australia. Holds up to 200kg and comes flat-packed in a clear carry bag.

Others worth mentioning are the Gold, Soundbooster, and Log Stools.

Purchase Information:

Price: AUD59.00
Available from: Form.Function.Style

Silhouette Bench

Okay, if you just glance at this bench quickly, it might appear a tad overly antique-ish, yet it has some modern touches, such as the high gloss lacquer and the super flat seat. Now, at £525, it’s not really at a bargain-basement price, but if you put it side by side with the New Antiques Arm Chair for £1,495.00 by Marcel Wanders (see below), it seems like one hell of a deal. There’s also a Silhouette Chair (£250) if you are interested, though it seems to be out of stock at the moment.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £525.00
Availability: Buy Silhouette Bench here

Endy Stool

Love, love, love this stool. The color coded ends of timber are emphasized in the design of this stool, thereby “preserving a hint of the origins of the wood” and giving us an altogether colorful little seating option.

Shipping seems to run around $29.00, fyi.

Oak, ash, maple, mahogany, cherry.
H: 40cm, Ø: 32cm.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Studio Ve

Steel Pipe Chair

No doubt you’re somewhat familiar with MUJI’s range of office furniture (and if you aren’t, it would do you well to take a gander), but you might be interested to know that the Steel Pipe Chair is on sale now from $630 to $479… not too bad for a possible future classic. The chair’s design is based on the original Bauhaus design and made in Germany by Thonet GmbH.

reg. $630.00, $479.95 Sale ($431.95 Members)

Purchase Information:

Price: $479.95
Available from: MoMA Store

ff1 (fox & freeze1)

Nice. This indoor lounge chair is made from 1 square sheet of synthetic felt, and takes just a few minutes to assemble (basically you tie one knot). Self-supporting and lightweight. See more at fox & freeze.

Check shipping rates at their website.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €275.00
Available from: fox & freeze

Latex Roll Pouf

Do you want to guess what product is made from this latex, thereby leaving tons of it for upcycling into a pouf? Is it construction fencing? Rubber bouncy balls? Waste from the production of shoe insoles? Right you are, shoe insoles it is. Angela Mensi, Cristina Merlo and Ingrid Taro are three designers making objects and furniture out of waste materials, and based on this under-$100 colorful pouf, I’d say they’re starting out right.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £62.00
Available from: e-side.co.uk