FURNISHINGS

Beanbag Ottoman and Chair

Beanbags normally have negative associations, but these are too good of a price to rule out just because you had one when you were a kid.

“Lounge in comfort. Durable, water-resistant poly shell with poly fill. Generously sized. Versatile as a coffee or side table, foot-rest or extra seating. Gold or white.”

Coffee Table, 31″sq x 11″h., $179.00
Chair, 40″diam x 30″h., $179.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Availability: Buy Beanbag Ottoman and Chair here

Toy Armchair

Not such a bad price for an indoor/outdoor chair- I especially like the block-like angles.

“Inspired by the aesthetic of comics from the 1940s, Philippe Starck’s Toy Armchair (1999) strikes a balance between work and play, sophistication and childlike fantasy. Molded of a single piece of polypropylene, the Armchair is suitable indoors or out, for dining and lounge areas. Stackable up to 14 high for convenient storage, the Toy Armchair has a drainage hole to avoid seat puddles in rainy weather. Made in Italy.”

Green, Orange, or White.
Polypropylene.

H 30.5″ W 24″ D 22.5″ (Seat H 17″ Arm H 25″)

Purchase Information:

Price: $176.00
Availability: Buy Toy Armchair here

Elemento Bed

The Elemento Bed’s headboard slopes slightly back for reading, and also comes with a removable slipcover for easy cleaning.

I really like how the design of the legs are an extension of the bed itself and not just slapped on there.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,150.00
Availability: Buy Elemento Bed here

Waveform Shelf as a desk

We’ve posted the Waveform Shelf before, but Danielle over at Apartment Therapy came up with the idea of mounting it lower and using it as a little laptop desk. For those of us with small quarters, it’s a brilliant idea. What’s more, the fact that it has no legs means it will take up no floor space, which we all know makes a space look larger.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Availability: Buy Waveform Shelf as a desk here

Zen Garden, Roof and Deck Bench

This bench is something worth taking a look at. The low profile and interesting silhouette amount to an altogether unique outdoor seating solution.

“Each bench is made from furniture grade kiln dried Western Red Cedar. All fixtures are stainless steel and are tucked away on the back and inside. The main joints are all put together using dado cuts. While this makes the manufacturing more complex, it greatly increases its strength…The bench is shipped in a flat box through UPS right to your door. It arrives in five pieces, along with easy to follow assembly instructions, tools and hardware. About ten minutes are all it takes to put it together.”

70″l x 24.5″h x 29″w, seat height: 10″

Update: This item looks like it is no longer available through the designer, though you might want to email to check. (11/19/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,100.00
Availability: Buy Zen Garden, Roof and Deck Bench here

15% off Blu Dot Products

Chances are if you’re shopping for modern (& affordable) furniture, you’ll have heard of Blu Dot. Right now at UMA there’s 15% off of all Blu Dot merchandise with free shipping online. Just enter this coupon code during checkout: BLUDOT15

Sale runs through the end of the month.

Map Chair

If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, you might consider taking up a hobby, let’s say something like covering a chair with tiny pieces of a map. Or, if you don’t have the time you could of course buy this one. It’s slightly pricey, but considering that someone did this by hand, and that you’re paying for convenience, it’s not as bad as it could be.

“The chair shown here is hand covered in a vintage edition map of the east London area. The map is cut into small squares using the printed grid lines & then joined back together with the Thames river flowing across the seat & then across the back of the chair. This particular chair is in stock & ready to ship but is also available made to order with an location map you wish. It is fully glazed in a durable, wipe clean, child safe lacquer.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Availability: Buy Map Chair here

Folding Patio Set

This is as ‘cheap as chips’ or so the saying goes. For $100, you can now afford to dine outside on your patio (if you have one) and enjoy the fine weather soon to arrive.

“This folding Patio Set is the perfect thing for impromptu barbecues or every day. The table top is 24″ in diameter. Includes the table with two chairs. Shipping $20.”

Update: This item is unfortunately no longer available. (10/5/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Availability: Buy Folding Patio Set here

Black Medallion Console

This console would be ideal for an entryway or behind a sofa. It has the detailing of the traditional Chinese medallion console to add interest but wouldn’t take up too much visual space. (I’m a big fan of mixing different styles and periods of furniture- something like this would provide an interesting contrast to a super modern sofa or chair.)

Satin-black or red lacquer

52″w x 12″d x 35″h (exterior)

Purchase Information:

Price: $875
Availability: Buy Black Medallion Console here

Hedge Coffee Table and Rectangular Side Table

Both of these tables are almost unbelievably priced- either or both would be perfect for the outdoor weather that’s just around the corner.

hedge coffee table:
“Deliberately designed on the same low square grid as our Resort to pull right up to the edge, or in between, chairs and ottoman in modular fashion. Spare lines can also do coffee or side table duty with any outdoor, even indoor, setup. Rustproof, UV-resistant metal design with a slightly iridescent charcoal powdercoat with a hand-welded lower-level X. Ready to go, no assembly required.”

$129.00, Buy it here.

rectangular side table:
“At your service to perch a tall iced tea, a good read, or a tube of SPF. Apartment balconies and urban decks dig its tiny footprint. Industrial steel in a ivory powdercoat. Levelers included. Indoor or sheltered outdoor sites.”

$39.95,
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95-$129.00
Availability: Buy Hedge Coffee Table and Rectangular Side Table here

Scatola Armonica Sideboard

Pairing a little detail with an otherwise simple modern shape seems to suit this sideboard quite well. There’s just enough scroll work to keep it interesting, yet it wouldn’t clash with or distract from other pieces in the room.

“Straddling the line between minimal and maximal, the Scatola Armonica Sideboard teams a spare, modern shape and materials with richly ornamental, scrolling details.”

24″ H x 79″ W x 20″ D

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,049.30
Availability: Buy Scatola Armonica Sideboard here

Skew Dining Table

This splayed leg dining table would also be great as a desk.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Availability: Buy Skew Dining Table here

401 Loveseat

This has got to be the best deal around on a sofa. Now mind you, the price is so low, you may want to investigate the upholstery by asking for a swatch. But, if you’re on a tight budget and need something to sit on for a small space, this may be just what you’re looking for.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $600
Availability: Buy 401 Loveseat here

Tevere Chair by Hida

Man, this chair costs a pretty penny, but there’s something very nice about the simplicity of materials and form.

“The Hida Tevere Chair provides comfortable seating in a design that transforms natural material into a sturdy, contemporary form. The Tevere Chair features Sugi wood, a tree native to Japan that provides a lightweight, but strong, construction material.”

Designed by Enzo Mari

22″W x 20″D x 31″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $940.00
Availability: Buy Tevere Chair by Hida here

Multi Table with Trestle Legs

There are five different options for legs on this table, but the trestle legs seem to be the most distinctive…

“Dine or work in style, times infinity with our Multi Table. An easy, modern solution that’s ultimately versatile, the Multi Tabletop allows you to customize any dining nook, work area or home office over and over. Sleek and rectangular, the Multi Table comes in three sizes and four distinctive finishes that you can then pair with one (or more) of our Multi Table leg options.”

Small – 2″ H x 63″ W x 35″ D
Medium – 2″ H x 71″ W x 35″ D
Large – 2″ H x 79″ W x 35″ D

Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Availability: Buy Multi Table with Trestle Legs here