Seating

Sway Stools

How fun are these? I know it’s hard to think ‘fun’ when it’s the first day back from a long holiday weekend, but put on your regular design-appreciative hat and you’ll see I’m right. They’re on sale now from Plastica- 50% off!- so pick up one or two or twelve for a few extra swaying seats. Each stool is hollow and filled with dry sand for ballast.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00 - 100.00
Available from: Plastica

Era Round Armchair

There’s nothing wrong with a little Thonet in your life/home/office, especially as the bentwood chairs have been in production for more than 150 years and still look at home in many a modern setting. One current promotion gives you a break if you buy four of the Era Chairs or Era Round Armchairs- 20% off. So, if you’re wanting a few for a breakfast nook or a full set of 8 or 12 (lucky you that you have a large dining room), now’s a pretty good time. Details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00 - 275.00
Available from: DWR

Cain Bench 2

Need a bench? How about this Cain Bench by Staach? It’s been around a while now (the first time we posted it was in 2008) but simple lines and an affordable price tag never goes out of style. The wood is sourced sustainably from New York and Pennsylvania, and each bench is fabricated completely in Staach’s workshop with a limited use of only two tools. Think of it as a landing pad in the entryway for bags and putting on shoes or as seating for one/both sides of the dining table.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $386.00
Available from: 2modern

SR Ranger Stools

These stools by Scout Regalia have storage space underneath the seat, which give them a schoolhouse sort of look and feel. Of course, they’re made of white oak and powder coated steel, so if they were put in a room full of crazy kids they’d probably come out looking just fine at the end of the day. Available in 3 sizes and 2 standard colors (Forest Ranger Green or Cream), with custom colors available on request.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $310.00 - 350.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

Bank Sofa

Well, what do we have here? I’d say one heck of a well proportioned, piped-cushion sofa. Go ahead and insert a wolf-whistle to fully pick up the appreciation that I’m putting down for this Bank Sofa by Blu Dot. Grey is usually the color choice I’d recommend for longevity, but this lava-lipstick red sure is a show stopper. Choose between super skinny blackened metal or brass legs.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,199.00
Available from: Blu Dot

M3 seat/storage

Seating with integrated storage is a big bonus for any room short on space, and add the color lime to the mix and you’ve got a winner. This M3 storage box will hide away all manner of odds and ends and will double as an extra seat when needed. Could be a good fit for a kids room or a casual living area perhaps?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $239.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Braided Stools

Furniture is rarely ‘fun’ with a capital F, but there’s not many words more appropriate to describe these Braided Stools by Debra Folz. Each stool is CNC cut to accommodate traditional leather weaving techniques, and the result is a fresh take on textural adornment. Choose between 6 available leather colors (may be combined in the case of the bi-color bench as shown above) and three different woods.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $650.00 - 1,150.00
Available from: Debra Folz

Industry Chair

Well, $199 for a minimal steel chair isn’t so bad, especially when you consider the price of a visual equivalent like the Emeco 20-06 Stacking Chair. Now, this one isn’t made from recycled aluminum, and it doesn’t stack, and sure, that’s a little disappointing, but you will have $376 left in your pocket, which means you can buy a second chair and some friends groceries.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Cleon Small Sectional Sofa

Let’s talk sectional sofas. They’re usually expensive, and you get whacked over the head with various interior suspension info that you probably don’t care too much about, even though it’s important, especially as you’ll be sitting on it for every day for the rest of your life.

We’ll not revisit any bullet points about frames, springs, or foam, we’ll just look at this small sectional sofa from Blu Dot and admire its simplicity and configuration possibilities. Also, for someone that’s continually worried about dogs/kids/dirty-shoes-on-furniture, when you look at how the components come apart, it looks like a breeze to reupholster should it be needed in the future. Available in sectional groupings, or each individual piece on its own.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,699.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Hot Mesh Counter and Barstool

You can stop shopping for barstools now, because the Hot Mesh Chair has siblings. Available in six finishes (black, green, humble red, natural yellow, simple blue and white), you’re sure to find the right hue to fit your dining/kitchen area, and don’t ignore the fact that the stools are stackable and suitable for use outdoors as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Bend Bench S

Sorry for posting another item from an invite-only site, but this bench is something worth talking about. Hand laminated with birch triplex, the Bend Bench curves just so to provide a seating surface. A red rope adds a little fun into the mix and ensures stability.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $615.00
Available from: Touch of Modern

Aalto stool 60, Rings

Another anniversary stool? Sure, let’s have it. Alvar Aalto’s three legged Stool 60 turns 80 this year, and we’ve already seen a few other versions that piqued our collective interest. Nao Tamura’s version is decorated with the growth rings of a tree, 80 rings to be exact, and the size of the rings are never the same. Unfortunately, it appears that no US retailer carries it. Sad for those of us here in the US, not so sad for those of you on the UK side of the world.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €353.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Tilt Stool

An earlier iteration of this stool by Justin Gologorsky had a foam covering and was more than twice the current price, so I’d say this updated version is worth a look or two. The Tilt Stool has a gentle curve to its base, allowing you to keep your core muscles engaged by rocking back and forth. Turn it on its side and it becomes a stable seat or side table. It’s made of plastic, so don’t limit yourself to indoors- think patio or poolside.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Elder Chair, Design by Conran

So, if you peruse the decor magazines, you might have seen the ads for the Design by Conran collection at JC Penny. Have you had a chance to take a look? Yea/nay? Of what I think are the winners, first up is the Elder Chair, and despite its shape reminding me a little of Chairy or some other kid’s show chair, I like the classic proportions and generous size. It looks like the quintessential curl-up-and-read-a-book chair. And, hey, you’ve got to respect the lovely cobalt blue hue, even if it’s a bit too bold for your living area.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,225.00
Available from: jcp

Comback Chair

It feels like this chair was on the wait list forever, and now, finally, at last it’s available to purchase here in the US. Before, we linked to the UK retailer Utility, but now Hivemodern carries all three versions: 4 leg, Swivel, and Sled base. The Comback chair is Patricia Urquiola’s updated version of the classic Windsor chair, with a single mold plastic form for functionality and bright colors to make it thoroughly modern.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $540.00 - 720.00
Available from: Hivemodern