FURNISHINGS

Kaktus Stool

Lightweight yet strong, this sturdy aluminum stool can be used indoors or out. Use it as a stool or side table, or, flip it over and it becomes a basket for logs, toys, towels, or whatever else you can think of. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, the Kaktus was inspired by the fibrous skeleton of the Staghorn Cholla cactus. Designed by Enrico Bressan, architect and co-founder of Artecnica.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $290.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Alex Building System

What’s the deal with this jumble of junctions and thumb screws? It’s the Alex Building System, and you’re going to have a lot of fun if you like putting things together with your own two hands, no tools needed. Various junctions can be tightened with the thumb screws onto wood sections to create anything your brain can dream up; coffee tables, consoles, side tables, shelving systems, etc. And, man, talk about the clean design- can you believe those joints look as nice as they do? It won’t be cheap no matter what size item you plan to build, but the possibilities are endless, so you may alter it as your needs change, and that makes the system worth every penny.

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Price: $17.50 and up
Available from: Nine Stories Limited Editions

Tio Easy Chair

With all this talk of enjoying the outdoors, we might as well discuss the seating arrangements. After all, you can only spend so much time on a picnic blanket before your back gets tired. Hopefully, if you have an outdoor area attached to your home, you have some sort of comfortable seating already, but, if not, you might want to take a look at Massproductions’ indoor-outdoor Tio Easy Chair. It’s stackable and and will withstand all sorts of weather as it’s made with polyester powder-coated galvanized wire. That said, no one will question it if you move it indoors, as it could stand proud as a sculptural seating option inside the home just as well as it would outside.
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Price: $414.00
Available from: A+R Store

Gridy Fungi Shelf

Don’t be put off by the ‘Fungi’ word in the title of these Gridy Fungi Shelves, it serves merely as a reminder that they were inspired by the shelf fungus that grows horizontally out of trees in the woods and forests. Three different sizes will fit wherever you might need them. Think of a few in the hallway for display of certain special keepsakes, a couple in the kitchen for spices and small recipe books, or just one in the bedroom for your reading stack beside the bed.
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Price: $40.00 - 100.00
Available from: Leibal

Annex Marble Coffee and Side Tables

Maybe you’re semi-impressed with these marble tables by NYC designer Joe Doucet, but you’ll be all-the-way impressed once you see how they fit together. Made from slabs of hand-honed marble, the tops and legs are held together only by gravity. Take a look at the flat, disassembled views to see the design clearly. Each table is a signed and numbered edition commissioned by the Shop at The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
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Price: $2,650.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Shop

Yeh Wall Table

If you’re short on space, you’ll want to take a look at this Yeh Wall Table by Taiwan-based designer, Kenyon Yeh. Inspired by the position of someone sitting against a wall with their feet placed firmly on the ground, Yeh created this two-legged table that rests against the wall with the help of a small, upturned 90-degree angle on its edge. Next to the bed, in a hallway, or beside any sitting surface, this small table won’t take up much room, yet will provide just enough space for the essential lamp, stack of books, or coffee cup.
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Price: $130.00
Available from: Leibal

LapTilt Table-Desk

While this isn’t new (we originally featured it in 2010), it’s still a pretty smart option if you’re leashed to your laptop. The Lap Tilt transforms from an occasional table into a small laptop desk with a simple tilt of the base. If you use your laptop in your living area for work- or, more specifically, whilst lounging on our sofas updating/perusing social networking sites- then this table would come in handy on many occasions. When not in use, the table automatically reverts back to an upright position.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $910.00
Available from: YLiving

IDV Cruiser Swinging Love Seat

I do hope you had a nice holiday weekend. Did you make it outside to enjoy the weather in the park or your backyard? If you’re nodding your head to the backyard bit of the last question, here’s another one for you: are you lucky enough to have a little patio area where a hanging swing might fit? I haven’t seen many options for a simple, metal swing until happening upon this IDV Cruiser Swinging Love Seat. And, it appears to be a good option for an outdoor swing as it’s made with a powder-coated aluminum frame, seat, and back. The double braided 3/8″ nylon rope is in keeping with the modern vibe and adds a small jolt of contrast to the pacific, marigold, mint or fog color options.
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Price: $920.00
Available from: Ilan Dei Venice

3.14 White Bookcase

Well, looky here, this 3.14 White Bookcase ticks off the right boxes. Hight-gloss white? That’ll fit into almost any interior scheme. Can it float in a room? Yep, it could act as a room divider. Would you be able to line a couple up for a big bookcase wall? Yes, indeed. Anti-tip hardware? You betcha. What about levelers for wonky floors? Yep, and, it’s just under the $500 price point.
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Price: $499.00
Available from: CB2

Lisboa Chairs

Stackable polypropylene chairs might seem more appropriate for restaurant/cafe settings, but they can work just as well for your home, especially if you need a durable seating option that works indoors or out. The Lisboa chair is lightweight and can be stacked up to six high for storage, in either the side or armchair version. And, good news, DWR’s Annual Outdoor Sale means you’ll save 15% through May 27th. Note to parents: if a chair is suitable for contract use, chances are it will withstand your kids’ shenanigans.
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Price: $102.00 - 119.00
Available from: DWR

10×10 Shelves

Now, fair warning, this pair of shelves isn’t cheap. However, each 10×10 shelf may be installed in either orientation, which gives you a variety of arrangements suitable in many locations throughout your home. Maybe your office needs an extra ledge, or a spot to put extra books? Perhaps your bathroom needs more storage space for lotions, or all those beauty potions? There you go, two problems solved with one set of shelves. And, if you’re thinking that the 24″ length is a tad too small, you’ll be happy to hear that custom sizing (and wood species and finishes) are available.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Available from: Assembly Design

Stackable Stool/End Table

How much would you pay for a stool? How about a side table? How about either of those that stacked to clear up more space when not in use? Now, consider all that when you take a look at the Stackable Stool/End Table from Atelier de Troupe. It’s handmade in California and has an iron base with a waxed alder wood seat. Can you picture it in your living room as a side table, then as a stool when you have more guests than seats? I can, and I haven’t even seen your living room.
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Price: $345.00
Available from: Atelier de Troupe

Maia Table

You might not like the price tag, but you certainly will like how this side table can also be used as a step stool. No more dangerous episodes of precariously balancing on an inappropriate surface to reach a book, and no more apologies of not having that one extra seat for a surprise guest. Plus, take a look at the joints: it’s clear that this is built to stand the test of time.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $775.00
Available from: Molecule

a frame picnic table

Picnics! Thank goodness that the weather is nice enough to enjoy a meal out-of-doors, and this a frame picnic table will keep things semi-civilized with a tabletop for your feast and built-in benches for your collective rear ends. Weather-resistant powdercoated aluminum ensures longevity, but don’t think it only has to live outside. You could move it indoors should you need an extra table for holiday gatherings, or maybe it could even be the main dining table if your home has more of a relaxed vibe.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: CB2

Moon Tables

Sleek! These Moon Tables from Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo collection strikes the right note with their solid oak tops and lacquered stainless steel sides. The slight rim helps corral any miscellany- not that you’ll have any- and the materials give a refined feel to a rather simple, no-frills design.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $449.00 - 799.00
Available from: Lekker Home