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Black is the New Black: 8 Great Black Designs

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When decorating, black can take you anywhere from bold to sophisticated to edgy. Here, we take a look at eight great black furniture, lighting, and accessory pieces for the home.
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  GÄRSNÄS HUG ARMCHAIR BY ANNA VON SCHEWENStackable armchair in natural beach or stain, with a frame of chromed metal steel tubing. Seat can be covered in fabric or leather.  Courtesy of: Gärsnäs

    GÄRSNÄS HUG ARMCHAIR BY ANNA VON SCHEWEN

    Stackable armchair in natural beach or stain, with a frame of chromed metal steel tubing. Seat can be covered in fabric or leather.

    Courtesy of: Gärsnäs

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  FIFTY CHAIRFifty chair by Dögg & Arnved for Ligne Roset, $1,435 (chair), $525 (footstool) Inspired by Hans Wegner’s Flag Halyard chair from 1950, this pair of Danish designers created this outdoor set by weaving 1,148 feet of rope around a black steel frame with an upright back.

    FIFTY CHAIR

    Fifty chair by Dögg & Arnved for Ligne Roset, $1,435 (chair), $525 (footstool) Inspired by Hans Wegner’s Flag Halyard chair from 1950, this pair of Danish designers created this outdoor set by weaving 1,148 feet of rope around a black steel frame with an upright back.

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  BLACK MARBLE RUGThis graphic, black-and-white cotton rug is a bold anchor for any room. Designer Suki Cheema was inspired by traditional Indonesia prints, which he’s re-worked to make a modern, graphic statement. Hand-woven in India.

    BLACK MARBLE RUG

    This graphic, black-and-white cotton rug is a bold anchor for any room. Designer Suki Cheema was inspired by traditional Indonesia prints, which he’s re-worked to make a modern, graphic statement. Hand-woven in India.

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  STYLISH ENERGY SAVING LIGHTBULBSThis is the world's first designer energy-saving lightbulb—a sculptural piece so lovely, you’ll be reluctant to use a shade.

    STYLISH ENERGY SAVING LIGHTBULBS

    This is the world's first designer energy-saving lightbulb—a sculptural piece so lovely, you’ll be reluctant to use a shade.

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  DEAR INGO CHANDELIERThe Dear Ingo challenges preconceptions about everyday objects. Composed from 16 individual task lamps, the whole creates a dynamic chandelier. The spots can be directed, and the shape of the chandelier can be changed. Created in homage to the famed German lighting designer, Dear Ingo is now part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    DEAR INGO CHANDELIER

    The Dear Ingo challenges preconceptions about everyday objects. Composed from 16 individual task lamps, the whole creates a dynamic chandelier. The spots can be directed, and the shape of the chandelier can be changed. Created in homage to the famed German lighting designer, Dear Ingo is now part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  TABLE LIGHTIt’s short and squat, but this lamp's stubby looks—matte black shade, oiled oak legs, and aqua cord—grew on us. Changing bulbs is a breeze—just reach in from the top. The design also accommodates LEDs, which are often awkwardly sized. Just keep ’em at 75 watts or under.

    TABLE LIGHT

    It’s short and squat, but this lamp's stubby looks—matte black shade, oiled oak legs, and aqua cord—grew on us. Changing bulbs is a breeze—just reach in from the top. The design also accommodates LEDs, which are often awkwardly sized. Just keep ’em at 75 watts or under.

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  MASTERS CHAIRFor this versatile indoor/outdoor seat, Philippe Starck mined the silhouettes of the Arne Jacobsen Series 7, Eames Shell chair, and Saarinen Tulip armchair.

    MASTERS CHAIR

    For this versatile indoor/outdoor seat, Philippe Starck mined the silhouettes of the Arne Jacobsen Series 7, Eames Shell chair, and Saarinen Tulip armchair.

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  HEIMA CANDLESTICKDimming the bright overheads and lighting a few candles at the dinner table is a sure way to take the edge off of a harried day. The understated shape of designer Francis Cayouette's cast iron centerpiece will allow the four wax flames you choose truly shine, and you'll be relaxed before you have to blow them out and go to bed. Heima is available in the US from Zinc Details.

    HEIMA CANDLESTICK

    Dimming the bright overheads and lighting a few candles at the dinner table is a sure way to take the edge off of a harried day. The understated shape of designer Francis Cayouette's cast iron centerpiece will allow the four wax flames you choose truly shine, and you'll be relaxed before you have to blow them out and go to bed. Heima is available in the US from Zinc Details.

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