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Seating

Kaufmann Gathering Bench

Ooo, nice! We’re big fans of Kaufmann Mercantile, so, of course it’s exciting to see their new line of select goods. The Gathering Bench is particularly lovely, as it is made from solid Black Walnut wood, and by woodworkers in New York, no less. Think of the design like a recipe; start with a base of Scandinavian lines, throw in a fair amount of Danish mid-century modern, and then add a generous pinch of Japanese minimalism. Sounds good to me. It would look damn good in an entryway or at the end of a bed, with or without miscellany piled on top.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,195.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Studio Chair

This Studio Chair ships flat-packed and is easily assembled, but you won’t find it at your local IKEA. Designed by Jason Whiteley, the chair is simple and precise, and refers to a type of common, robust chair originating in Switzerland. And, unlike some of the results from that aforementioned big box store, this chair is structurally sound and will withstand all manner of use, contract included. Easily assembly also means quick disassembly should you wish to pack it away in storage when not in use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $470.00
Available from: A+R Store

Shelltwo Chair

This is a different sort of shell chair, made of multiple 4mm wire rods lined up for a symmetrical seat. It reminds one of Bend’s Seating collection, does it not? The ergonomic wire seat connects with a circular rim, giving the chair its lightweight appearance and minimal feel. As it’s made from painted aluminum, you may use the Shelltwo Chair indoors or outside. There’s a Counter Stool as well, fyi.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Horne

‘Originals’ Bar Stool

Add the ‘Originals’ Bar Stool to your list of acceptable seating solutions, for it features a comfortable seat and nicely tapered legs. Fun fact: Ercol founder Lucian Ercolani designed this stool in the 1950s for Ercol’s own designers and draughtsmen, who drew the company’s designs on large drawing boards. You think it’s safe to say it won’t go out of style anytime soon?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $378.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

Christian Woo Stool Series

Serious and square, this solid walnut stool by Christian Woo does not mess around. There will be no leaning back or jostling around, thank you very much, because if one of these stools should happen to fall over with you on it, you’ll probably be hurt. The 1.75″ thick hardwood is hand-joined into a rigid form, with a large classic mortise joint as the foot rest.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,050.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

WM Lounge Chair

Fond of wire grids when it comes to seating (Bertoia, anyone?)? Well, take a look at Menu’s WM Lounge Chair. The light wire frame has an airy appearance, and the generous back means there’s plenty of room for a cushy throw pillow or blanket. Also available in a smaller dining chair, WM String Dining Chair ($249.00).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Leibal

Blackline Furniture Collection

If you’re in the market for dark and minimal pieces, have I got a treat for you. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. has recently expanded their collection to include a Bench, Low Table, and Step Stool. If the dark/black version doesn’t float your boat, you may also specify a bleached or natural finish as well. Traditional wood joinery sets the collection in the heirloom category, so it’ll last a lot longer than you (plan to note in your will which favorite kid/niece/nephew inherits which piece- happy thoughts, huh?). Each piece has a timeless, simple silhouette and will work in whatever room you choose.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00 +
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Donna Wilson Pouffes

These pouffes (or poufs, as you might call them) not only add pattern and interest to a room, but also they add a soft texture to a seating area. Plus, you can’t go wrong with anything done by Donna Wilson, or maybe you can and I just refuse to believe it. I actually have one Henry and one Ernest Pouffe in my living room, and we use them every evening as foot rests. Super comfortable. Now on sale from The Future Perfect.

-Each is made by hand stuffing Calico bags and upholstering them with knitted panels, reminiscent of segments of an orange.
-Upholstered in a specially designed Donna Wilson knitted wool pattern made in Scotland.

Henry Pouf, 16″ x 16″, $393.00 $195.00
Frank Pouf, 31.5″ W x 16″ H, $625.00, (not available)
Ernest Pouf, 24″ x 12″ H, $608.00, $300.00

Donna Wilson Pouffes

Updated price and link; originally from our archives (posted Jun 29, 2009).

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00 - 300.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Tangerine Barstool

I meant what I said about looking out for decent barstools. This Tangerine Barstool by Simon James for Resident Studio has a subtle curve to its seat to make things comfortable. Solid oak contrasts nicely with the dark steel crossbars to provide a perch that quietly performs its function without commanding too much attention. Call me crazy, but that’s refreshing amongst all the other crazy, colorful stools that are just a bit too loud for most minimal interiors.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: A+R Store

Step Stool by Federico Gregorutti

Don’t worry, I’m still on the quest for the perfect barstool- something simple and modern, yet not too terribly expensive*. The Step Stool by Federico Gregorutti might suit your needs, as it fits the requirements and has a handful of bright colors to choose from, though the blue/black option is my favorite (as usual).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $448.00
Available from: MATTER

Pocket Armchair

You know how you’re able to tell you’re a grown-up? It’s not setting up a retirement account, or doing your taxes, though those things are important. It’s actually having a decent place to sit down in your home. As in, a comfortable seat that you’ve picked out (or paid someone to pick out for you) and would guide a guest towards when they visit. You can’t be embarrassed of it and it has to be nicer than what a 21 year old would buy from IKEA. Sorry IKEA and 21 year olds, but those are the rules.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $899.00
Available from: Hem

Scout Tall Stool

I know finding the right barstools are tough, and that’s exactly why I keep my eyes out for anything remotely interesting or decent. Surname’s Scout Stools are more than decent, they’re downright perfect. No frills except for a brass or copper finish on the footrest, each stool is made from antique heart pine salvaged from dismantled New York area buildings. A gentle slope to the seat keeps your backside comfortable, and your wallet will be happy to see the price tag is just under the $300 mark.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $290.00
Available from: Surname Goods

Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen

The Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen is so fun I can hardly resist adding one or two somewhere in my living room. Plus, it’s now available in velour, and, just in case you were wondering, yes, that does increase its appeal. It’s so round and friendly- I bet we’d all sit back and put up our feet more often if this little guy was around. Use it as a footrest, a coffee table, or an extra seat when guests drop by. It won’t lose its shape either- two different types of foam ensures softness on the upper and firmness on the bottom.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $355.55 +
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

In Between Chair

You might sense a resemblance to Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair in the curved back rail of this chair, and you’d be spot on, as designer Sami Kallio has a high regard for the world renowned Danish designer. Kallio’s chair occupies a certain ‘in between’ place in method of manufacturing as each one is hand and machine made. Ash and oak, the two options, both respond quite well to woodturning, more of classic hand-held lathe technique, and compression molding, a technique that allows for strength despite an overall lightness. The back and side panels provide support as well as a nicely contrasting visual gap.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $630.00
Available from: A+R Store

D’Hauteville Concrete Chair

Nope, it’s not the ubiquitous shell chair you think it is. This one is made of humble concrete and steel. Talk about an industrial edge- you can’t get much more industrial than ribar steel and plain ol’ concrete. It would be an interesting mix to have a set of these chairs around your dining table, don’t you think?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $369.00
Available from: Gessato