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February 4, 2013
Whether housed inside a tightly packed apartment or an iconic mid-century abode, an interior space usually needs that special something to complete the room. In this round, we take a look at eight standout furniture pieces that range from custom-designed angular benches to a scaly chaise lounge.
Modern library with Palms lounger and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye painting

A rather reptilian Palms lounger by Dutch designer Frans Schrofer stretches itself out in the library of Dr. Kenneth Montague's Toronto loft.

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Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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Living room with Ikea Stockholm Wool Rug and Noguchi table

An elegant Noguchi table by Isamu Noguchi for Herman Miller rests on top of a Stockholm Wool Rug from Ikea. See the rest of this green design house in Culver City, California here.

Originally appeared in A Dream House for the Ages
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Modern upstairs bedroom with Kofod-Larsen chairs and Warhol print

In the upstairs bedroom of this home, a pair of mid-century wood-and-textile perches by Ib Kofod-Larsen sit beneath a print by Andy Warhol. Read more about the Row on 25th houses here.

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Originally appeared in Row on 25th: Affordable Housing Development in Houston
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Becky Nix arranging rolling bookshelves

A custom-made, slim white dining table and angular benches occupy the right of the open-plan kitchen, dining, and living space in this small Warsaw apartment. To the left, Becky Nix adjusts the black mobile storage shelves stored under the kitchen island.

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Originally appeared in Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture
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Geometric bright blue clothes rack bench

Industrial designer Nina Tolstrup and her husband, Jack Mama, custom-built this two-story guesthouse in London, including a blue bench storage rack shown here.

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Originally appeared in A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
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The second level is an open kitchen and dining room (described as the “lunch and dinner office” where colleagues can gather). "People think this setup is unusual, but there are millions of entrepreneurs who live right next to their warehouses," Boglione s

A red eight-seater sofa leans against a 3D-like photo wall mural in this split-level, live/work space in Turin, Italy.

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Originally appeared in Basic Living
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Miller House dining room with Venini chandelier

Mid-century architect and designer Eero Saarinen custom-designed this marble-and-terrazzo table ringed by his Tulip chairs in the dining room of the legendary Miller House.

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Originally appeared in Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
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In this tightly spaced apartment in New York, noroof Architects designed a multifunctional piece of furniture for the kid's room. All it takes is a little gentle pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.

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Originally appeared in Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City
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The living-room sofa is by the New York–based designer Stanley Jay Friedman.

A curvy, green suede sofa by New York-based designer Stanley Jay Friedman shares the living room with Blu Dot's Real Good Chair in this hillside vacation home.

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Originally appeared in Bringing It All Back Home
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Picnic-style bench in Norfolk, England

Architect Carl Turner made the 20-seat table out of birch-core black phenolic-faced plywood, a waterproof material more commonly used to form concrete. Click to see more photos of this barnhouse renovation in Norfolk, England.

Originally appeared in A Pair of English Barns Hide Unabashedly Bold and Budget-Friendly Minimalist Interiors
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Modern library with Palms lounger and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye painting

A rather reptilian Palms lounger by Dutch designer Frans Schrofer stretches itself out in the library of Dr. Kenneth Montague's Toronto loft.

Photo by Naomi Finlay. Image courtesy of © 2011 Naomi Finlay.

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