Seating

Smith Storage Cart

Yes, we posted this years ago (2008!), but this multipurpose unit is still pretty impressive. It serves as a detachable file cabinet, a stool, a rolling cart and, in multiples, even stackable shelves. It’s also recyclable once the plastic wheels are removed, though for the price, you’d be better off selling it to a fellow design aficionado.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $690.00
Available from: Surrounding

This Stool Rocks

Would you like to back another Kickstarter campaign? How about a ready-to-assemble rocking stool? Three options allow for three different rocking motions, and, best of all, the stools can be made in a city close to you and shipped with minimal charge- instead of overseas. And, if you want to make the stool yourself (and have access to a CNC machine), you can download the CAD file for free.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Bdoja Chair

Hmm, what’s this? A big ball of yarn? Not quite, though on first glance the assumption is understandable. It’s a chair hand-knitted with cotton cord by a group of women of Mexican-descent in Los Angeles, California. Amaya Gutierrez, the designer, works with this team to produce textiles inspired from her home town in Oaxaca, Mexico. Gutierrez aims for style and durability in all of her products with hopes it will limit further consumption in future years. A worthwhile goal, for sure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,800.00
Available from: Komai

Drum Poufs

Poufs with trays! That’s just what we never knew we needed. Without the tray, it serves as an excellent spot for resting your feet and/or extra seating, and with the tray, it’s a functional side table or an impromptu in-front-of-the-tv dining surface. Keep in mind that the trays are sold separately and can be used anywhere as well- so don’t be afraid to pull it into the dining room if you need a big tray to shuttle things back and forth from the kitchen. Available in High or Wide.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00 - 509.00
Available from: DWR

Milking Stool by UM Project

It’s a little dreary outside, and a Monday at that, so a jolt of color is called for. Available in black, grey, white, teal, yellow, saffron and pink, this Milking Stool by UM Project could be extra seating or a side table, your call. It is intended to follow the proportions of a classic milking stool- lower legs and a narrow footprint- but if you prefer a sturdier option, it looks like they have an alternate version in the Holy Stool.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Available from: Vertigo Home

Hitch Peacock Blue Stool

Glossy peacock blue might just be the jolt of color that’s needed for the semi-dreary days of February, and hey, an extra seat for $170 is reasonably affordable considering it’s made of iron and acacia wood. It certainly won’t get wobbly or fall apart, which is more than you can say for other assembly-required seating. A small cutout in the seat makes it easy to move around.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: CB2

Peg Lounge Chair, Set of 2

The Peg Lounge Chair, you say, haven’t we featured that before? Nope, we’ve featured the Peg Chair, but not the lounge version. Dixon wanted a mix of of traditional pub furniture with a modern edge, and this durable chair was the end result. And, good news, the price listed is for two chairs, so no googly eyes needed. The dark brown finish is intended to deepen with age and was particularly chosen as an antithesis to the recent Scandinavian blond wood furniture craze (which is still acceptable in many interiors, of course).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,400.00 set/2
Available from: YLiving

Drifted Stool

If you lack adequate seating in your living or work quarters, do take a long look at this stool designed by Lars Beller. A gently curved cork seat (sustainably harvested, of course) makes for a comfortable spot to rest your derrière and the legs are painted a nice, rich red. If you’re interested in other sizes or colors, the Italian furniture manufacturer Discipline is where you’ll want to investigate options. Also, designboom has several nice photos of the collection, fyi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $205.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Rest Two-Seater Sofa

Now that the fiscal cliff has been averted, let’s celebrate by buying a new sofa. You sit it in practically everyday, so it’s just as important as your car, right? It’ll be your first sound investment for 2013. DWR is having their Living Room Sale, and that means you can save 15% off their various seating and lighting options. The Rest Two-Seater Sofa catches the eye for its compact proportions and super soft, feather-filled cushions. And, good news for those of us with pets and/or kids, the cushion covers are removable for cleaning. Hooray!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,055.75- 3,650.75

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Available from: DWR

Imo Folding Stool

I’ve seen this in person and it truly is a lovely little stool. Perfect for tight spots, it folds down the middle so that it can be stored easily on the wall and free up valuable floor space. It’s not the least expensive stool, of course, but the craftsmanship is entirely apparent.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $421.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Cork Family

Lest we forget, Jasper Morrison’s Cork Family is a smart choice for any living area. Each piece could be a side table or stool and is light enough to move around easily. Cork is also pretty tough, so you wouldn’t need to be too precious with keeping it away from kids. Available in 3 different styles (and yes, they’re priced individually).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $445.00
Available from: Vertigo Home

Pilot Stool

Quinze & Milan’s Pilot Stool is notable not only for its curved (and seemingly comfortable) seat, but also for its new method of fabrication. Polypropylene foam is utilized in a special manufacturing technique (see below video) to create a glossy-yet-matte surface. The oak legs thread onto the seat, making the stool easy to ship and assemble. Available in three different height variations: standard, kitchen, and bar.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $370.00
Available from: Gessato

ErgoErgo

You know how a Yoga/Fitness Ball is supposed to be better for you to sit on because it engages your core muscles? That’s all fine, but they’re a little unsightly for some interiors, not to mention huge when in a small office space. Therein lies the market for the ErgoErgo: it allows for the same sitting experience in a more acceptable stool design. The body can rock gently in any direction, and, as the ErgoErgo is filled with air, the height may be adjusted slightly to accommodate your preference.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: ErgoErgo

Pi.iii Pouffes

With a little craftiness and a sewing machine, it’s entirely possible that you could replicate these Pi.iii Pouffes at home. If you possess neither craftiness nor a sewing machine, you’ll be interested to know that these pouffes are designed and handmade by Glasgow-based upholsterer Eleanor Young (aka Fun Makes Good), and look to be entirely worth the overseas shipping (if you don’t reside in the UK). Several designs are available, and you may also purchase the pouffes through Fun Makes Good Shop on Etsy.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £120.00
Available from: Howkapow

OW150 Daybed

Let’s just pretend that we have space for a daybed, and budget enough to not blink an eye at the price tag of the OW150. Any guess as to who the designer is? Put your deerstalker hat on and connect the dots: OW150 = OW = Ole Wanscher. Ole Wanscher, whose furniture “exudes underplayed elegance and is it timeless, classic and thoroughly modern at one and the same time.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,276.00
Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe