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July 2, 2013
Searching for that perfect chair or sofa? How about the ideal desk for your home office? A playhouse for your kid that won't clash with your modern interior? Look no further! Dwell has done your homework, hunting through troves of products to pick our favorites, and delivering them to readers in zesty thematic roundups. Here are some of our favorite furnishings, organized by genre. Happy hunting!
Modern workspace desks

Now that you’re expected to work from almost anywhere—your sofa, an airplane, a rickshaw in Kathmandu—and your “desktop” fits in the palm of your hand, are actual desks still necessary? We thought it over, called in six of our favorites, and came away answering, emphatically, yes!Desks are more than places to park your unopened bills or pound away at your laptop; they are receptacles for your creative dreams, holding the promise of inspiration and focused attention every time you pull up a chair. (And you can’t really say that about the kitchen table.) Check out six modern, stylish desks here. Photo by Peter Belanger.

 

 

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Originally appeared in Dwell Reviews 6 Modern Desks
1 / 5
Afforable modern designer chairs

There are lots of handsome chairs out there, but sitting beauties that cost $250 or less are a rarer breed. Our picks run the gamut from traditional (the wooden, Shaker-inspired Salt or the Thonet-designed Era, the quintessential cafe chair) to the downright futuristic (we’re looking at you, oddly anthropomorphic Dr. Yes). We sat, swayed, shook, stacked; we hefted them into the air; we typed, ate, and made grand conversational hand gestures. See our 13 favorite affordable side chairs. Photos by Peter Belanger.

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Originally appeared in 13 Affordable High-Design Chairs
2 / 5
Modern servingware

The main course of a meal might receive the oohs and aahs, but as any host or hostess will attest, it’s the beverages that fuel a party and get the conversation going. Dwell's selection of bar and tableware—from the perfect teapot to the ideal cocktail shaker—will surely make your next gathering the talk of the town. Photo by Spencer Higgins.

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Originally appeared in 3 Collections of Modern Barware
3 / 5
Murphy 81-inch sofa by Room & Board, $1,399

Need some tips on picking the right couch? Dwell's got you covered, with our handy guide to sofa-shopping—plus a roundup of nine of our favorites, at all price points.

Originally appeared in How to Shop for a Sofa
4 / 5
Modern playhouses for children

While the debate rages on between the benefits of free play versus structured play, we can all agree that these play structures make 
any modern family home so much 
merrier. For a little perspective—in more ways than one—we turned to the Dwell team’s toddlers, Cedar Foss, Oliver Blue, and Madeleine McKinley-Hinson, who were all more 
than happy to pick a house, move in, and let the good times roll. See how the five playhouses fared in our product review. Photo by Peter Belanger.

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Originally appeared in The Toddlers of Dwell Review 5 Modern Playhouses
5 / 5
Modern workspace desks

Now that you’re expected to work from almost anywhere—your sofa, an airplane, a rickshaw in Kathmandu—and your “desktop” fits in the palm of your hand, are actual desks still necessary? We thought it over, called in six of our favorites, and came away answering, emphatically, yes!Desks are more than places to park your unopened bills or pound away at your laptop; they are receptacles for your creative dreams, holding the promise of inspiration and focused attention every time you pull up a chair. (And you can’t really say that about the kitchen table.) Check out six modern, stylish desks here. Photo by Peter Belanger.

 

 

Photo by Peter Belanger.

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