Seating

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

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

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

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

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