Momo bench

All in all, this is an outstanding price for a great furniture piece, especially one that has won the Pure Design Award (Tokyo Designer’s Block, 2002).

Designer: Kyoko Inoda and Niles Sveje

“The sensual curved veneer ply comes in Maple, Walnut, and Black Stained Ash. The frame is a bent laser-cut steel frame with an aluminum alloy plating.

We can see why this is an award winning contemporary bench design. It’s simplistic elegance looks and feels magnificent in any modern setting.

It is perfect with the matching stool!”

47″W x 16″D x 16″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $605
Availability: Buy Momo bench here

Oasis Sofa

Nowadays, if perusing the market for a decent sofa, there isn’t much to choose from in the modernist’s middle-of-the-road budget. That’s why it’s really nice to run across a quality product for less than a grand. This particular sofa has clean, simple lines and a nice microfiber fabric to keep any spills from causing a catastrophe.

•Kiln-dried solid hardwood frame
•Dense foam core cushions wrapped in soft poly batting
•Sinuous wire spring suspension in back, Perma-Eze grid in seat
•Removable solid maple legs with dark finish
•Polyester microfiber upholstery with self-welt detailing
•Made in the USA

77.5″Wx33.5″Dx32″H (16.5″H seat).

Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Availability: Buy Oasis Sofa here


This boxy sofa is almost $1000 off regular price. It has a fixed cover (even though it looks a little like a slip-cover) and is exclusively sold by the Conran Shop.

W86 x D41 x H29 “

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,290.00
Availability: Buy MARSHALL SOFA here

Lublin Lounge Chair

Wow. The wood on this piece has a great glow (the result of a rubbed finish sealed with a clear varnish).

“The LL2 Lounge Chair deconstructs the ubiquitous upholstered lounge chair to its skeletal essence. The chair becomes a cage-like enclosure, implying a solid form but exposing the colorful wool fabric cushions. Made of solid wood with glass inserts at the top and bottom of the armrests to provide functional horizontal surfaces.

MEBEL’s wood is sealed with a clear varnish, which creates a natural rubbed finish. Unlike sprayed glossy lacquer, their pieces do not have an assembly line look or feel. This process also creates a durable surface which is easy to maintain. There is no need to use polish, cleaning with a damp cloth is best. Metal used is fully welded stainless steel tubing with a brushed finish. The dimensions for the storage cutout are 4″ high, by 24″ wide and run from the front of the piece, through to the back.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,190.00
Availability: Buy Lublin Lounge Chair here

annex sectional

This is really not a bad price for a sectional. And what’s great about it is that you can buy different pieces for different configurations.

“Umpteen combinations. One great neutral. It’s a chair, it’s a chaise. It’s a loveseat, it’s a twelve-seat. It’s a U, it’s an L. It’s a bird, it’s a plane. It’s super, man. Fearless salt-and-pepper microfiber with the touch of suede. Studio or loft, add on an Annex.”
•Lightweight kiln-dried solid hardwood frame
•Flexolator spring system
•Mortise and tenon joinery
•Dense foam core cushions wrapped in soft poly batting
•Plush microfiber
•Chrome-plated removable legs with plastic glides
•Made in USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Availability: Buy annex sectional here

Steel Scoop Stool

So, you want super-duper-future-modern, do you? How ’bout this stool? Made of 1/4″ brushed steel plate, it certainly has clean hard lines, and if that doesn’t classify as super(d.f.)-modern, I don’t know what will.

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Availability: Buy Steel Scoop Stool here

Pawn Stool

This stool is tall enough to make a great side table or just have a few of them sitting around for on-demand seating. They have a spectacular ebony grain and will add visual interest to any barren corner.

Who: Designed and Manufactured by Gus.
When: This product ships in 2 – 4 weeks.
Where: This item ships to anywhere in the continental US. Shipping is FREE!
Material: Exotic Macassar Ebony veneer.
Specs: 14d x 14w x 18h (inches)

Purchase Information:

Price: $429
Availability: Buy Pawn Stool here

45 Degrees: Walnut Chair

This chair is a beauty: Solid walnut, nice angles, satin finish.

“Designed by Jason Wade / 45 Degrees, this chair is constructed of solid walnut throughout and has a coopered seat that is extremely comfortable. Influenced by Japanese architecture and the chairs of Charles and Ray Eames, it can be utilized for dining or as occasional seating.”

Finish: Walnut / Satin Varnish
Designer: 45 Degrees

Purchase Information:

Price: $750
Availability: Buy 45 Degrees: Walnut Chair here

Lars Lounge Chair

What do you think? I think that if your wallet’s a bit pinched, and you are in need/want of some modernish lounge chairs, these would fit the bill.

Seat upholstered in black fabric over foam; chromed steel frame.

W: 28″ x D: 36″ x H: 33.5″, SH: 24″

Purchase Information:

Price: $169.99
Availability: Buy Lars Lounge Chair here

Fortunata Modern Sofa

Hmm. I think this sofa is a good choice if you are on a limited budget…it’s also completely customizable (if that’s a word) with a variety of microfiber, leather and other fabrics to choose from. Apparently you can also change the “size and shape of any piece to suit your needs”. Not a bad deal.

102″W x 35″D x 29″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $969.99
Availability: Buy Fortunata Modern Sofa here


This is a bit pricy, but you’re essentially getting two furniture pieces for the price of one! (I can essentially justify buying anything if I like it enough)

“The Solitaire, by Alfredo Haberli, is an upholstered chair with an organic shape that is designed in one piece. One of Solitaire’s armrests is like an intergral tabletop, ideal for reading, writing, or for use as a side table. The chair is equally suitable for the home and dynamic workplaces.”

Measures 24.5″D x 36.6″W x 28″H with a 17.3″ seat height.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,695
Availability: Buy Solitaire here

Becca Stools

I feel more zen-like by just looking at this chair. Whatever that means.

“Like a light-boned, graceful bird, the Becca Stool seems only momentarily perched. It strains upward, ready to take to the sky again and glide away. You almost feel that you have to sit down on it to keep it from escaping, but the fine craftsmanship of this stool makes that a pleasure. And for when you’re not at home, you can keep it weighted down by using the bottom as a shelf for extra (stylish) storage.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $800.00
Availability: Buy Becca Stools here

The Museum Stool

Several of these would look good together, anywhere, really. And they stack for easy put-away.

“THE MUSEUM STOOL® was originally designed for education programs in the galleries. The solid wood stools are lightweight, durable, stable and portable. The award-winning stacker works well as a pull-up seat or a side table.”

Who: Designed and Manufactured by Museum & Library Furniture.
When: This product ships in 6-8 weeks.
Where: This item ships to anywhere in the continental US. Shipping is FREE!
Material: Wood with NAT matte laquer. Steel hardware.
Specs: 14w x 9d x 16h (inches)

Purchase Information:

Price: $168.00
Availability: Buy The Museum Stool here

Alfa Sofa

I’ve been resisting posting this for a very long time because is SO out of my price range. I finally caved because it’s so nice…

Alfa 3-seat
sofa, cat 10-20

Emaf Progetti

design year:

Zanotta, Italy

Chrome-plated steel feet in high or low versions, making the overheight of sofa pieces 21″ or 25″ steel frame; elastic webbing; fixed nylon internal cover; removable exterior cover in quilted fabric or leather.

The Alfa sofa system is available in many configurations and fabric or leather finishes. As shown, three seat low leg with arms, in Category 10-20 fabric.

as shown, with low leg: 21.75″ back height 90.5″ width 11″ seat height

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,665.00
Availability: Buy Alfa Sofa here

Rex Chair

This simple, utilitarian chair is quite inexpensive and well made.

Niko Kralj

Design classic that stands the test of time.

Architect approved.

Folds for compact storage.

If you ask most older architects to pick their favorite folding chair design, there’s a good chance they’ll refer you to the Rex Armchair. Designed in 1952 by award-winning Slovenian designer Niko Kralj, the Rex appeals to the trained—and untrained—eye with its simple solid birch wood construction and fluid folding mechanism. Despite its storage capability, the design’s wide, comfortable seat and backrest, and sloping armrests invite frequent use in a lounge or office. When folded, the armchair measures less than six inches wide. Made in Russia.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $128
Availability: Buy Rex Chair here