7 Cutting-Edge Furniture Designs

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June 5, 2014
By harnessing the latest high-tech materials and innovations, like 3-D printing and nanotechnology, manufacturers are using science to create forward-thinking design.
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  Zartan Raw chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Magis. Using a mixture of recycled polypropylene and natural wood fiber, the Italian manufacturer has made a stacking chair whose production is kinder to the environment.
    Zartan Raw chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Magis. Using a mixture of recycled polypropylene and natural wood fiber, the Italian manufacturer has made a stacking chair whose production is kinder to the environment.
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  Afilla pendant lights by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo. Marrying new materials with traditional ones, this lighting series features 3-D printed nylon shades and a Swiss-pine structure.
    Afilla pendant lights by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo. Marrying new materials with traditional ones, this lighting series features 3-D printed nylon shades and a Swiss-pine structure.
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  Midsummer rug by Ritva Puotila for Woodnotes. Consisting of tightly woven strands of paper yarn, the Midsummer rug is hypoallergenic, stain resistant, and easy to clean.
    Midsummer rug by Ritva Puotila for Woodnotes. Consisting of tightly woven strands of paper yarn, the Midsummer rug is hypoallergenic, stain resistant, and easy to clean.
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  Boiacca Wood table by LucidiPevere for Kristalia. Oak legs support a tabletop made from Fenix-NTM, a water-repellent, anti-bacterial surface developed using nanotechnology. Though it looks like stone, the surface is soft and warm to the touch
    Boiacca Wood table by LucidiPevere for Kristalia. Oak legs support a tabletop made from Fenix-NTM, a water-repellent, anti-bacterial surface developed using nanotechnology. Though it looks like stone, the surface is soft and warm to the touch
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  Bloom blanket by Bianca Cheng Costanzo for Oak Form. Origami folding techniques inspired this Italian cashmere throw.
    Bloom blanket by Bianca Cheng Costanzo for Oak Form. Origami folding techniques inspired this Italian cashmere throw.
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  Hug armchair by Studio Jean-Marc Gady. Bumpy upholstery offsets the rigid oak structure.
    Hug armchair by Studio Jean-Marc Gady. Bumpy upholstery offsets the rigid oak structure.
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  Ploum love seat by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Ligne Roset. Quilted stitching over foam padding gives this seat dimension and depth.
    Ploum love seat by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Ligne Roset. Quilted stitching over foam padding gives this seat dimension and depth.

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