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The Art of the Statement Piece

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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.
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  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 FinlayCourtesy of: © 2011 Naomi Finlay

    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

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Naomi Finlay

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  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.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

    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.

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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  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.  Photo by: Jack Thompson

    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.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  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.  Photo by: Andreas MeichsnerCourtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner

    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.

    Photo by: Andreas Meichsner

    Courtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner

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  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.  Photo by: Ben Anders

    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.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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

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

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  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.  Photo by: Leslie Williamson

    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.

    Photo by: Leslie Williamson

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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.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    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.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  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.  Photo by: Kyoko Hamada

    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.

    Photo by: Kyoko Hamada

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  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.  Photo by: Christoffer Rudquist

    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.

    Photo by: Christoffer Rudquist

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