Seating

Rocket Stool

The well known Eero Aarnio designed this three-legged stool in 1995, and, as you can tell, it hints at his other work with its rounded (“plump“) seat and legs. Interestingly enough, the Rocket was originally designed for Eero Aarnio’s own kitchen, though it’d do just as well in other rooms. The solid wood stool is available in oak wood painted white, black or soaped, and in two different sizes, Rocket Stool ($435) and Baby Rocket ($300).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00 - 435.00
Available from: hivemodern.com

Vitra Tip Ton Chair

This solid plastic chair has a forward-tilt action that will help your health apparently: it straightens the pelvis and spine and thus improves circulation to the abdominal and back muscles. Whether that influences your decision to buy one, many, or none at all, I do have to say it has a nice silhouette that would work well in a dining room or office area. Plus, it’s stackable and comes in 6 different colors. On sale until October 24th.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $355.00, sale: 302.00
Available from: YLiving

Perch Barstool

Hmm, I don’t quite understand how the same barstool could cost roughly $150 more on one site than the other. Do you? One site has it on sale, so that explains a little discrepancy, but perhaps it’s not exactly the same barstool, or by the same designer/manufacturer, or maybe someone is smoking something somewhere and the profit margins were messed up. Either way, this teak and iron base barstool has that spindly-yet-sturdy look and would provide extra seating without taking up too much visual space.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $216.00
Available from: West Elm

Turn Stool

Stool, side table, ottoman, whatever function fits your needs, this solid Acacia wood stool will last through thick and thin. Cut out handles make it easier to shift around and an optional thick Felt Top (+$19) gives a softer surface for the backside.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Howard Stool

Guess what my favorite barstool is lately? Yep, it’s this guy, mostly because it takes up a minimal amount of visual space and still has a fair bit of personality. “The Howard” is an all-weather, stackable barstool available in 3 heights and 9 different colors. It looks super sharp, as you can see, but you’ll also be glad to hear that its ergonomic shape will help your posture as well. Too good to be true? Not if your budget fits the price tag.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $455.00 - 495.00
Available from: RADfurniture

Shell Chair, Maharam Fabric

Whoa, Wegner’s Shell Chair with Maharam fabric? Let’s just adjust to this slowly and give our brains time to absorb something as sacrosanct as the Shell with something as bright and colorful as the Maharam options. I think we approve- and by ‘we’ I mean you and I and not the royal ‘we’- don’t we?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,695.00 - 3,980.00
Available from: DWR

Clutch Dining Chair

If you need an extra seat or two around your dining table, think about adding this new armchair from Blu Dot. The curved back with a little cushioning gives a more regal appearance, and you know you’ll be comfortable with a place to rest your arms. Several colors to choose from, with either white ash or smoke on ash wood.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Riki Stool

Whoa, considering we first posted the Riki Stool over 6 years ago, it’s time for an update. Designed by Riki Watanabe in 1965, this stool is made of cardboard, which allows it to be lightweight and very strong- it can take the weight of over 1,000 pounds. No tools needed for assembly, you just need a few folds to create a comfortable seat.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Hee Chair & Barstool

It’s been nine years since the Hee Seating Collection first hit the market, but it looks just as good now as it did back in 2004. Designer Hee Welling was originally inspired by the interior of a refrigerator, but you won’t find that on Hay’s site anymore, as the many other attributes of the seating collection have the spotlight. The chairs are made from galvanized solid steel, with outdoor powder coating that withstands weather throughout the year. They’re stackable, with a floor linking connection, and even cushions, if needed (contact HAY for availability). All that with the simple, perfect design and you’ve got yourself an excellent option for seating wherever you might need it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00 - 345.00
Available from: A+R Store

Swell Sofa

This Swell Sofa has some serious curves that catch the eye. Just add a cartoon character with a bike pump beside the image above, and you’ll get the idea- it’s a playful take on a minimal form, with super stuffed cushions that are inviting you and I to take a seat, take some time, and relax already. ‘Swell’ refers to rising bread in the oven, if you prefer that visual. And, equally impressive, it’s available in 21 colors.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,850.00
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

MG501 Cuba Chair

Say ‘folding chair’ and you immediately think of the cheap aluminum sort found at various community gatherings. Lucky you, just because your home is spatially challenged doesn’t mean you have to resort to those ugly things; take a look at the MG501 Cuba Chair by Morten Gottler. It’s light and flexible, and can easily fold up for storage- in a closet or hung on a wall. Natural cotton webbing straps provide support and comfort. Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $745.00
Available from: SUITE New York

Sedia 1 Chair

What?! You did’t build the chair you sit upon? Well, we all know that you’ve got extra elbow grease to spare, and hey, when’s the last time you picked up a hammer anyways? This Sedia Chair, designed by Enzo Mari in 1974, arrives ready for assembly; all you need is your brain, half an hour, and a hammer. And, when you’re done, you can sit back in the chair and shout to anyone within earshot, “I [insert expletive] BUILT this with MY OWN TWO HANDS!” Instructional video below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $310.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Biscuit Stool

Pay attention and you’ll see the charm in this stool designed by outofstock. The seat is gently curved so it’s easy on the thighs and criss-crossed dowels ensure that the legs stay sturdy- all this with no screws. Another little tidbit: this stool was inspired by traditional wooden stools seen at a Singapore fish market.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00
Available from: Environment Furniture

Reclaimed Teak

It is what it is- a reclaimed teak rocker. Yet, without an image next to that title you might think of a more antiquated version that would not work in most modern settings. That’s exactly why this particular rocker from SOBU is impressive- so sleek and simple, with straight lines and a slight curve to give comfort and movement.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $726.00
Available from: sobusobu.com

Pendel vs. Suitor

And, now, we have a loveseat vs. loveseat scenario, with each 2-seater sofa having similar proportions and styling, especially in their higher backs and curved corners. The bases and fabric are completely different, of course, but please play along with me here in guessing which one costs $2,301 more, and do ignore the fabric when making your guess…
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,199.00 - 3,896.00
Available from: The Future Perfect