Norwegian furniture company Variér specializes in stylish, ultra-contemporary seating. Designed by Olav Eldøy, Date is a dining chair with a tilting mechanism hidden beneath the upholstery that makes it both comfortable and ergonomic. A zipper runs down the back for easy cleaning.
The Open Space console for Roche Bobois
The Open Space collection by Cédric Ragot for Roche Bobois is framed in molded plywood to create a light, airy design. Available in matte or lacquer finish in four colors. Pictured here, the Open Space console.
Ercole is a New York City company that specializes in the creation of made-to-order mosaic furniture. Pictured here, the Milano Bar Cabinet is built from oak with a steel base; finishes include bleached ivory, chocolate, wenge and walnut. Its doors are covered in glass mosaic tile. Available through Michael Cleary.
A bench from the Ruch
Designer Patricia Urquiola’s Lowland modular sofa was created for Italian furniture company Moroso. Its arms, seat and back have been molded into minimalist shapes that can be reconfigured to suit the individual. Available in a variety of fabric colors; the shapes can also be configured into a bed.
The Milano Bar Cabinet
The centerpiece of Ligne Roset’s 2010 collection is Ruché, a line of seating designed by Inga Sempé. The bench pictured here has a simply structured base with a quilted seat that lends it a soft, welcoming sensibility. Ruché also includes a sofa; the legs can be made with dark- or light-stained wood.
A bench from Eurotrend's Elizabetha collection
The gracefully asymmetrical bench from Eurotrend’s Elizabetha collection has double oval backs in different sizes that can be upholstered or left hollow. The collection, which also includes a side chair, armchair, lounge chair and barstool, is available in 24 wood finishes and custom upholstery.
The Vague armchair
Vague, a curvaceous armchair from Flou, comes in both an indoor and an outdoor version. For indoor use, a soft, glossy, lacquered thermoplastic surface in red or white makes it a comfortable perch for reclining; for outdoors, recycled polyethylene gives the chair durability in a range of bright colors.