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Modern Furniture Focus: Chairs

These eight modern chairs offer a contemporary spin on an age-old piece of furniture.


Zipfred Chair

The concept of a "finished" product is entirely subjective. Forgoing formal joinery for cable ties and a wooden seat and back for cardboard, Zipfred is still a construction that's far more complex than the box it arrives in.

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Maun Windsor Chair

Made by female workers in Botswana, where Mabeo is based, and under economically and environmentally sustainable conditions, this colorful new line of crafted furniture by Patty Johnson is designed to please.

Cain Chair

Cain Chair


This simple wood chair is made from sustainably harvested maple from New York and Pennsylvania. It's stackable and available either unfinished, covered in clear lacquer, or a (more pricey) brightly colored lacquer.

The proportions are lovely, and we like that it's made in the U.S.A., but frankly this chair seems way expensive for what it is.

Modern gray and orange armchair by Fritz Hansen

Minuscule Chair


Understated Scandinavian style is translated to an uncomplicated yet sophisticated chair design, courtesy of Dane Cecilie Manz. The upholstered seat is hand-stitched where the leather piping meets cloth around the contours of its shell.

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Cherner Side Chair


The 1958 molded plywood side chair by Norman Cherner is the companion to the classic Cherner arm chair. The perfect dining chair, it is built to be handed down from generation to generation. Available with upholstered seat pads.

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GT Rocker

The GT Rocker is a modern rocking chair with a sleek, black metal base, and cushions inspired by 1970s car interiors. Made with FSC-certified wood.

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Valdemar Chair

Settling in to Valdemar with a paperback in your hand is like retreating into your own little book nook. The oversized arms act as mini-room-dividers that make it a breeze to get comfy and rest your head and shoulders to either side, while the near-seamless upholstery covers the entire frame—legs included—which gives the piece an easy-on-the-eyes uniformity.