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Icon: Platner Lounge chair by Knoll

Designed by Warren Platner in 1966, this distinctive series of tables and seating, transformed steel wire into sculptural furniture.

Platner Collection, by Warren Platner, for Knoll

Naoto Fukasawa Candle Holder for B&B Italia

Tetra, by Naoto Fukasawa, for B&B Italia
Monograph: Naoto Fukasawa

Privé Passion, A Leather chair by Philippe Starck

Privé Passion, by Philippe Starck, for Cassina

Fits Like a Glove – Chairs by Patricia Urquiola

Made of leather with built-in padding, held taut by a light metal structure. This idea has produced a whole range of unconventional seating solutions from chairs to armchairs and chaises-lounges.

Glove Chair, by Patricia Urquiola, for Molteni & C

Stemlite Table Lamps, by Design Line

From the 1960′s these American lamps are made from aluminium and glass.

Stemlite table lamps, by Design Line, $480, Sold at auction at Wright

Nimrod, A Production Chair by Marc Newson

Made of fabric and a shell in blowmoulded polyethylene, this is one fine chair; the resemblance to a telephone handset is purely coincidental.

Nimrod, by Marc Newson, for Magis

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Bora Bora, Sofa from MDF Italia

A modular seating system which offers corner and U-shaped configurations. The irregular curves are well resolved here.

Bora Bora, by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, Andrei Munteanu, for MDF Italia

Radio Slide by Mikael Silvanto

We like this design by Mikael Silvanto, the station changes as you slide the radio unit — no more dials.

08 Radio by Mikael Silvanto, at Aivan!

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