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]
Add a touch of fun to the boardroom or dining room with Table & Tennis ($6,600). This gorgeous table is designed to serve as both a meeting/dinner table and as a regulation-sized ping pong table. Features include a mirrored stainless steel base, a walnut veneer on MDF table top that offers the feel of an official table, and drawers at each end that are custom molded to store paddles, balls, and quick-release net. They're only taking reservations until March 1, but the good news is that the cost will drop — up to $600 — based on how many reservations they receive.
No, it's not a vintage mid-century modern piece — although you'd be totally forgiven for thinking so. The Roxy Chair ($375) is a vintage style rocker made from Walnut veneered molded plywood with foam cushions wrapped in brown leather, a matte black welded steel base, and solid walnut rocker skids. Pair with an Eames Lounger for maximum retro points.
It doesn't matter what you do for a living — odds are that if you need a desk, you'd like it to last. Seeing as how they're basically indestructible, these Twenty Gauge Desks ($1,000-$2,200) should do the trick. These vintage desks are available in a variety of styles and can be custom-finished to accomodate your style or surrounds, but no matter which one you choose, you can ensure that it's been completely restored to as close as new as it could possibly be. Not looking for a desk? A few of the options would make mighty handsome dinner tables.
Outdoor-friendly weather might be an increasingly scarce commodity in many parts of the world, but this Whiskey Barrel Adirondack Chair ($470) is so good looking that we could imagine using it indoors during the winter months. Made from used whiskey barrel staves, this unique chair is supremely comfortable and doesn't have any plugs or visible hardware. Here's hoping it smells just a bit like whiskey, too.
Who said outdoor furniture needs to be boring? Sifas Kolorado Indoor-Outdoor Furniture ($TBA) is stylish enough to be used indoors, yet rugged enough for the elements, thanks to sandblasted and electropolished stainless steel bases, seats made from weatherproof PMMA slats, and tempered glass tops for the dining tables. The chairs, loungers, and tables are available in your choice of black or white.
Minimalist design meets maximum comfort in the Montis Dickens Armchair ($TBA). Designed by Dick Spierenburg, it's inspired by smoking chairs of the 1950s, and features a solid walnut frame, a reclined seating position that's perfect for reading, surfing on an iPad, watching TV, or — yes — smoking, and your choice of ash carbon or oak finishes with matching upholstery. Oversized old-school ashtray not included.
Mixing an old-school aesthetic with timeless design, the Wegner Papa Bear Chair ($1,500) is sure to add a bit of '50s style to your parlor, living room, or man area. Originally designed by Hans Wegner, this reproduction features a walnut hardwood frame, walnut-tipped armrests, an oversize, button-tufted seat back, and nearly any color or style of fabric or leather upholstery you'd like.
Whether you're trying to maximize the space in a cramped apartment or just looking to have an extra spot to sit stuff when you're on the road, the Urban Shelf ($15) is ready. This clever, portable side table can hold over four times its weight, offers two cord holders to keep chargers handy, and sports a lip on the edge to keep stuff from rolling off. Yet it folds flat, weighs only one pound, and allows you to add a table to any bed or sofa by simply sliding the bottom under the mattress or cushion. Made in the USA.