Solid wood frames, sculptural shells and customizable details make these beauties – from the likes of Segis, &Tradition, Zeitraum and Cassina – a reason to stay awhile.
1 Les Copains by Brühl
In addition to the low-backed version seen here, Brühl’s Les Copains family includes standard and high-backed versions. The slim metal frame is available with a brass, chrome, black chrome or copper finish, or painted black or white. The arms can be specified in a variety of woods, and the woven back, in hemp or black or white string, is offered in multiple patterns.
2 In Between by &Tradition
Sam Kallio’s In Between chair is conceived as a balance between positive and negative space. The gaps between the back – formed by three veneer panels – and the contiguous crescent-shaped arms lighten the chair and frame the surrounding space. Available in white or smoked oiled oak and black- and grey-stained ash, the chair combines the techniques of compression moulding and wood turning.
3 Challenge Armchair by Conde House
For manufacturer Conde House, German design firm Maly Hoffmann Kahleyss has remodeled its Challenge occasional chair, first released last year, by adding arm rests in keeping with the original’s relaxed lines. Available in solid walnut or natural, black or white oak, the collection also includes a matching table, seen above, and an easy chair.
4 Flow Slim by MDF Italia
Five years after the introduction of Flow, Jean Marie Massaud returns to the concept with Flow Slim, restyling the glossy polycarbonate shell to include armrests. Available in black or white, the piece can be finished with a seat pad or various styles of interior upholstery, and mounted on one of six different bases, including a five-point base on castors and two styles of wooden legs in natural or painted oak.
5 Siro by Draenert
Siro’s most unusual feature can be found beneath its seat pan: a manual switch, tucked beneath the leather upholstered seat, allows sitters to push the front edge of the pan down to adjust the seat depth to their liking – a simple gesture that makes the seat comfortable for people of all ages and sizes.
6 Danja by DoroBanti
With their multicoloured stretchers and struts, the Danja chairs and matching Affoltern table are sure to delight a younger audience, while their robust solid oak construction ensures they’ll stand up to the wear and tear of restless sitters for years. The line is part of the inaugural collection from DoroBanti, a manufacturer recently spun off from a timber furniture exporter that has been operating in Romania since 1965.
7 Frame by Segis
Debuting at the Salone del Mobile next April, Frame places durability and function front and centre. Designed by Pio and Tito Toso, the side chair, armchair, lounge chair and barstool that make up the family all feature a structure in rounded solid beech, which frames the upholstered seat and back. Apart from the barstool, the chairs are stackable.
8 Morph by Zeitraum
Formstelle’s latest for Zeitraum starts with a frame in solid oak or American walnut. Perched on top is a comfortable shell cushioned with PU foam and upholstered with matching or contrasting leather and fabric. The dining chair, launching in 2014, joins an already iconic collection that includes an occasional chair, stool, barstool, lounger, pouf and even a diminutive kid’s chair.
9 Motek by Cassina
Luca Nichetto’s first Motek, which features a shell made from pressure-moulded felt optionally covered with saddle leather, was unveiled in Milan last year. In 2014, Motek will return with the lines of the wooden legs extended upwards to form solid arms. Colour options have expanded as well, comprising felt in blue, green and two shades of grey, and leather in a variety of natural, black, dark red or brown tones.
10 Grace by Living Divani
The four members of the Grace family by Giopato & Coombes take a common base and dress it with different “costumes” that can be mixed and matched according to taste: Polo Grace’s covering features belt-like stitching and loops; Mandarin Grace is topped with a collared cape that drapes the rear legs; Eton Grace’s upholstery forms cuff-like armrest covers and ends with tuxedo-like tails; and Pin-Up Grace is clad in a tight-fitting outfit designed to show off its curves.