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100+ Best Modern Seating Designs

Pull up a seat. Seating design from sleek benches to cozy lounge chairs and textural poufs, each of these perches are designed to be as comfortable as they are aesthetically pleasing.

Falcon Chair by Sigurd Resell

Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
Falcon Chair by Sigurd Resell Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
1001 Reclining Chair by Sven Ivar Dysthe

Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
1001 Reclining Chair by Sven Ivar Dysthe Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
Kryss-Stolen Chair by Fredrik Kayser

Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
Kryss-Stolen Chair by Fredrik Kayser Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
Arctis Chair by Hans Brattrud

One of more than 500 pieces of furniture and decorative arts being displayed at "Norwegian Icons," a massive exhibition coming to Openhouse Galleryin New York on May 23, 2014.

Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
Arctis Chair by Hans Brattrud One of more than 500 pieces of furniture and decorative arts being displayed at "Norwegian Icons," a massive exhibition coming to Openhouse Galleryin New York on May 23, 2014. Photo by Blomqvist for Norwegian Icons
One of the last pieces of furniture Prouvé ever designed, this chair, designed for the Cité Universitaire at Antony, was a stylish way to go out with its calligraphic curve.
One of the last pieces of furniture Prouvé ever designed, this chair, designed for the Cité Universitaire at Antony, was a stylish way to go out with its calligraphic curve.
Setting an incredibly high bar for dorm room furniture that has rarely been equaled, the Cite Bed is an elegant study in shape and mass production. These models were originally installed in the student quarters at Cite University, in Prouvé’s hometown of Nancy, France.
Setting an incredibly high bar for dorm room furniture that has rarely been equaled, the Cite Bed is an elegant study in shape and mass production. These models were originally installed in the student quarters at Cite University, in Prouvé’s hometown of Nancy, France.
The French metalworker, furniture designer, and architect helped revolutionize the use of steel in architecture and prefab housing. Perhaps his most iconic piece of furniture, the Standard, is anything but—a delicate fusion of engineering and design skill. The curved steel legs, larger in the back due to Prouvé’s observation that the rear supports the brunt of a person’s weight, contrast well with two simple pieces of bent oak.
The French metalworker, furniture designer, and architect helped revolutionize the use of steel in architecture and prefab housing. Perhaps his most iconic piece of furniture, the Standard, is anything but—a delicate fusion of engineering and design skill. The curved steel legs, larger in the back due to Prouvé’s observation that the rear supports the brunt of a person’s weight, contrast well with two simple pieces of bent oak.
A variant of the Easy Chair, the Bunny Easy Chair is named for the friendly shape of its gently tapered armrests.
A variant of the Easy Chair, the Bunny Easy Chair is named for the friendly shape of its gently tapered armrests.
An instant success upon its 1962 release, Chierowski's 366 Easy Chair was a staple seen in homes, cafes, offices, and restaurants throughout the Eastern Bloc for nearly three decades.
An instant success upon its 1962 release, Chierowski's 366 Easy Chair was a staple seen in homes, cafes, offices, and restaurants throughout the Eastern Bloc for nearly three decades.
The 366 Easy Chair, designed by Polish midcentury design icon Józef Chierowski, has just been reissued by 366 Concept.
The 366 Easy Chair, designed by Polish midcentury design icon Józef Chierowski, has just been reissued by 366 Concept.
A neon vase by Michael Geertsen contrasts with a gray Base table by Mika Tolvanen and coordinating Nerd and Visu chairs, all for Muuto.
A neon vase by Michael Geertsen contrasts with a gray Base table by Mika Tolvanen and coordinating Nerd and Visu chairs, all for Muuto.
A series of black Muuto chairs—Fiber, Cover, Nerd, and Visu—surrounds a 70/70 table and white Ambit pendants, both by TAF Architects for Muuto.
A series of black Muuto chairs—Fiber, Cover, Nerd, and Visu—surrounds a 70/70 table and white Ambit pendants, both by TAF Architects for Muuto.
The setup around the fireplace includes a sister piece in a neutral gray, coffee tables by Thomas Bentzen, and a Visu lounge chair by Mika Tolvanen, all for Muuto.
The setup around the fireplace includes a sister piece in a neutral gray, coffee tables by Thomas Bentzen, and a Visu lounge chair by Mika Tolvanen, all for Muuto.
In one of the living areas, an Oslo sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto is upholstered in yellow fabric from Kvadrat, another famed Danish export.
In one of the living areas, an Oslo sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto is upholstered in yellow fabric from Kvadrat, another famed Danish export.
The New York loft of Muuto cofounder Peter Bonnén showcases a shipping container’s worth of furniture from Denmark. His wife, Jasmi, relaxes among Muuto designs, including a Connect sofa by Anderssen & Voll and Airy tables by Cecilie Manz. The wall sculpture is by artist Anders Kappel; the painting is by Peter’s brother, Kaspar.
The New York loft of Muuto cofounder Peter Bonnén showcases a shipping container’s worth of furniture from Denmark. His wife, Jasmi, relaxes among Muuto designs, including a Connect sofa by Anderssen & Voll and Airy tables by Cecilie Manz. The wall sculpture is by artist Anders Kappel; the painting is by Peter’s brother, Kaspar.

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