If you prize comfort as much as you value beautiful design and hand-craftsmanship, then you need the Tanner Goods Nokori Chair. Hand made in Portland, Oregon, each chair is constructed from fine mahogany wood and heavy 13-ounce English bridle leather. With a look inspired by mid-century design aesthetics, its minimalist construction is both functional and attractive, while getting more comfortable and beautiful as you use it.
Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair is as iconic a piece of furniture as exists — but as with most single-seat creations, it can get kind of lonely. Make room for some added company with the Barcelona Couch. Designed in 1930 a year after the chair — and the pavilion for which it was created — debuted, this rectangular couch is basically flat, with a top made from 74 individually-cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted panels from a single cowhide, a Sapele Mahogany platform, polished stainless steel legs, and a single cylindrical cushion at one end. Elegant, simple, and unlike most couches, built to last a lifetime.
For nearly as long as they've been in business, Bentley Motors has been known for its vehicles' lush interiors. Now they're bringing some of their luxury knowhow to your house with the Bentley Harlow Armchair. A reinterpretation of a film director's chair, it features a base made of handsome, gunmetal-finished linear steel, seating made from cognac-colored leather using a tufted manufacturing process, metal buckles with leather bands on the armrests, and a low-slung look that lets it deftly straddle the line between casual and formal.
If you're the kind of guy who lives what could be described as a nomadic lifestyle — regularly relocating from city to city, never calling one place home for long — you've probably run into the problem of never holding onto furniture. With the Floyd Leg ($190), you can turn any flat surface into a useful table, great for dining, using as a desk, or just as a spare surface. And when you're ready to move, just dispose of the surface and pack up your legs. They come in sets of four, and include a convenient clamping device, letting them easily attach to any surface creating a sturdy table. Available in black and white, and both 29- and 16-inch versions, each leg is produced in Detroit and built from American steel.
Sometimes tiny apartments are just a fact of life, making you do the best you can with a small amount of space. So, if your room is at a premium, you need the MK1 Transforming Coffee Table ($1,300). It's a coffee table when you want it, and a dining room table when you need it, easily transforming from one to the other in just two simple movements. Made from either solid oak, ash, or walnut and birch plywood, this table is available in a number of attractive finishes to suit your space. All you need to do to transform is into a dining room table is fold out the eaves — and fold them back in when you're finished.
No matter where you choose to dive into a good book — whether it's in your living room or the patio in your backyard — do it in comfort and understated style with the Sit & Read Sling Chair ($1,100-$1,450). The frames are welded together from wrought iron and powder-coated in black for a long-lasting finish. Choose from three available upholstery options: hand-tanned leather for a manly interior space, blue sunbrella denim perfect for outdoors, or over-dyed vintage Persian rug for a more bohemian look. Each chair is beautiful in its minimalism, and perfect for the reader who cares as much about great design as they do a great read.
While there's certainly nothing wrong with the classic Adirondack chair — they look great, and are perfect for wasting away a summer afternoon — the style is a bit commonplace. The Medici Outdoor Chair ($1,200) takes a new look at the familiar design, coming up with something original and exciting. The chair is somewhat reclined, and slung low, much like its inspiration, but has a more modern, pared-down aesthetic. Its ash wood is heat-treated and hand-oiled, so it's sure to look great for years, no matter what the elements throw at it.
Reports of the death of American craftsmanship and the industrial spirit have been greatly exaggerated — in fact, it's alive and well right here in Ohio. The AT-95 One Ton Stools ($165) prove that. Whether you're outfitting your home bar, or finally launching that brewpub you've always dreamt of, they'll add a touch of rugged strength to your space. Available in two heights (24" and 30"), in a range of colors or traditional metal finishes, these sturdy steel stools will support even your largest corn-fed friends and patrons.
It's not quite as angular as most modern seating, but it's also a little more inviting. Named for the Danish word for tranquility, the Ro Armchair (€1,950; $2,550) features a curvy, sculptural design from Spanish designer Jaime Hayon that provides both comfort and privacy. The seat is 1.5 times as wide as your standard chair, giving you extra room to stretch and move, or sit your tablet/book/kid/laptop next to you. It'll be available in September at select retailers and comes in nine colors, broken down into traditional (black, grey, and taupe), bright (violet, blue, and yellow), and soft (light pink, sage green, and sand).
They've been on the market since 1962, but the Vitsoe 620 Chair Program by Dieter Rams ($3,350 and up) is hardly the same product you could buy over 50 years ago. Completely re-engineered — with help from Rams himself — the chair is both elegant and comfortable, and like most Rams designs, a little bit clever. Thanks to its unique design, both the standard and high-back versions can be purchased as a single chair, and then expanded out to become two-, three-, four-, or even many-seat sofas in the future. The best part is that thanks to the superior craftsmanship, you'll have decades to work on building your dream sofa out.
When one of your favorite chairs has been on the market for nearly 60 years, it's a big deal when it gets a refresh. And the Eames Black Ash Lounge Chair & Ottoman ($TBA) is exactly that. Sporting black ash shells, deep black leather, and black aluminum pieces, it provides an interesting monotone take on the classic commonly associated with its blend of leather and wood veneer. The bad news? It's being released by Vitra, which doesn't hold the Eames license for North America — so plan on doing some travelling if you'd like to add one to your collection. [via]
Take a step back in time with the Hansen Family x Tivoli Audio Remix Sideboard ($TBA). Like the huge console record players of old, the Remix is designed around a particular sound system — in this case, Tivoli's Platinum Seriers RadioCombo ($800). Thanks to the custom construction, the Hi-Fi's three components blend effortlessly into their surroundings, and to make the integration even more complete, the Remix features a hinged back panel that tilts open to allow for access to cabling while hiding the mess the rest of the time. [via]