Sumo Bean Bags

It’s pretty amazing that bean-bag chairs have been elevated to this level of chic since they were first introduced in the 70′s. Unlike their predecessor, these futuristic bean-bags are made of stain-resistant, rip-proof nylon and filled with foam beads which result in a furniture piece that can be shaped and configured in multiple ways to meet your comfort needs. I like how it’s a simple, minimal looking piece of furniture that has versatile capabilities: the large size (5.5 x 4.5 feet) allows it to be laid flat for lounging or folded to make a chair.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Availability: Buy Sumo Bean Bags here

webbed bench

Now on sale, the webbed bench would be great for any spare wall that could use a functional piece of furniture. It would be great in an entry room, library or living room.

“Modern design in blonde solid wood with black cotton webbing. Fully assembled.”
46.75″ x 16.5″ x 18″h.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Availability: Buy webbed bench here

Cloud Shelving System

It seems to me that we would’ve posted this before, though I can’t seem to find any record of it. And if we have, I think it’s well worth another entry. It’s such a great design and so terribly great-looking as to inspire need (as in, I need that piece of furniture). And, of course, it’s by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Cappellini (2004).

“the cloud shelving system…has garnered much attention due to its original form and its use of innovative materials. cloud allows for the repetition of elements which can be stacked and aligned to create large bookshelves or room dividers. in theory, there is no limit to the size of a structure other than the size of the space containing it. cloud is made of a high-density polystyrene and is available in 4 colors: white, light green, dark green or red.”

units sold separately.

73.8″ x 15.75″ x 41.4″

Purchase Information:

Price: $643.00
Availability: Buy Cloud Shelving System here

Jonathan Adler Lantern Sheet Set

Jonathan Adler has been blowing up lately, evidenced here in his ubiquitous lantern design linens being sold at Big Box retailer Bed Bath and Beyond. I like these sheets and they’re not too pricey.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.99
Availability: Buy Jonathan Adler Lantern Sheet Set here

Shinto bench

I like insanely modern furniture. The kind that makes your head spin around and wonder what century you live in. But sometimes, just sometimes, I like to cleanse my palate with some good old fashioned furniture that looks like it could have been made in the 16th century in Asia. This Shinto bench is one such piece: Its sophisticated and subtle styling blends into a modern decor since it’s handmade by master woodworkers in China. What’s more, it’s harvested responsibly from Chinese forests.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Availability: Buy Shinto bench here

Emeco Icon chair

Philippe Starck’s name is synonomous with design, at least to the general public, and I think this chair is a good example of why…reducing the chair form down to it’s simplest outline is so obvious that it is suprising it’s not been done before, yet reassuring that someone’s thought to do it. (Obvious in a good way, by the way.)

Materials: Brushed, powdercoated or polished aluminum

Finish Options: brushed, polished, clear powder coat, transparent blue powder coat, transparent red powder coat, opaque gloss white powder coat, opaque flat black powder coat

16.75 W x 33.5 H x 19.5 D, 18 inch seat height

Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Availability: Buy Emeco Icon chair here

Otis and Claude Dwell Pethouse

Finally, a pet-house worthy of being in your own house. I’ve seen a few contenders but this one is simple enough without looking ostentatiously modern.

Note: There’s nothing wrong with things looking ostentatiously modern, but sometimes it’s difficult to pull off well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy Otis and Claude Dwell Pethouse here

Illusions Acrylic Side Table

I think I like this table. It’s a good price and kind of fun (and who am I kidding, it’s acrylic).

“This simple acrylic table resembles a transparent tablecloth. Light, visually stimulating, and an incredible value! Perfect as an occasional table or several clustered to create a coffee table in front of a sofa.”

designer: John Brauer, 2006

approx. 16″ diameter x 18″ height

Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Availability: Buy Illusions Acrylic Side Table here

Gehry Cardboard Block Table

If you’re wanting to add some Gehry pieces into your home, this little block table is a relatively affordable way to do it.

“Absolutely a perfect accent piece and a great way to incorporate a piece of Frank Gehry’s work in virtually any interior. This block cube made out of cardboard will add texture and “edginess” to any space. New from Vitra, this piece is available in all natural or with your choice of one side in the new trim colors of white, orange, or green.”

15.75″ x 15.75″ x 15.75″ height

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Availability: Buy Gehry Cardboard Block Table here

Phantom Arm Chair

An instant classic, the Phantom is every bit as modern as it is retro. This stylish arm chair features a rich and dense micro fiber valour fabric, available in Oatmeal and Esspresso colors, and a chromed steel base.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499
Availability: Buy Phantom Arm Chair here

Dwelledition Talon Bedding

I’m all for historical designs reinterpreted for our current design needs (or wants)…so, I’m shameless in promoting all well done interpretations, even if they’re a little higher than my budget allows.

“Dwelledition is a series of limited edition styles that represent the latest in dwell’s evolving design direction. dwelledition designs are as timeless with the luxury and quality that comes with 320 thread count, 100% combed, Egyptian cotton bedding. For the debut of dwelledition, dwell reinterprets old world details and historical European motifs into something current and modern. Talon, the first of two styles in this collection, was inspired by vintage Italian wallpaper. It features architectural details blown up to an iconic scale.”

Available in ink on manilla
Bedskirt is available in ink

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $242.00
Availability: Buy Dwelledition Talon Bedding here

Retro Sofa

I usually gag at the use of the word ‘retro’ because it’s usually far over used to the point of being meaningless(much like the Ebay favorite “Eames Era”). So, other than not liking the title, this sofa is a pretty good deal for how relatively nice it is.

“This is one of the most classic sofa silhouettes in the modern design arsenal. Simple, rounded rectangles form a sleek and basic look that still has plenty of style and tons of comfort. The couch frame is rectangular and low, with two stuffed seat cushions and two larger back cushions that extend above the back of the sofa. The arms are slim but sturdy and the legs have a charming flute in a dark wood tone. No garish floral prints or bulky overstuffed arms. This is truly a look that will last.”
* Wood / fabric
* 86″l, 36″d, 36″h
* Spot clean

Purchase Information:

Price: $750
Availability: Buy Retro Sofa here

bisect bed

If you’re looking for an inexpensive bed that doesn’t require box-springs, have I got a deal for you. It’s a wenge wood finish, which is nice for those of you with ultra dark furniture. Alternatively, this may be a good DIY project for adding a thin veneer of real walnut or teak.

“Keep it simple. Unadorned, uninterrupted dark wenge boxes in a refined platform retreat. Double-layered headboard is quiet in detail. Solid ash edges take life’s hard knocks. Clean on a spare gleam of matte silver.”
• Platform frame with center support rail, 12 slats and 3 cross rails
• For use with a mattress only
• Ash veneer over engineered wood frame
• Solid ash wood edge-banding
• Wenge stain and UV-resistant clear lacquer
• Steel legs with matte silver powder-coat
• Made in Denmark

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Availability: Buy bisect bed here

studio metal and glass large workstation

This is a really good price for a well constructed glass-top desk.
Glass surfaces create a home office with an open, airy look. Choose the large or small workstation that suits your space. Work surfaces are opaque tempered 10mm glass; bases are metal with a powder-coated finish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Availability: Buy studio metal and glass large workstation here

Hello Table

It’s a friendly little table at a reasonable price.

Small $299.00
18 x 16 “

Large $399.00
26 x 16 “

Purchase Information:

Price: $299-$399
Availability: Buy Hello Table here