Seating and Recliner Reviews: From History to State-of-the-Art
M2L: Considered revolutionary when it was first conceived by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio in 1963, the Ball chair has been reintroduced almost 40 years later. The fiberglass chair is available in black, white, gray, and anthracite metallic with fabric or leather upholstery. M2L, 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
Umbra: Designed by Karim Rashid, the Q Chaise folds out from a cube to a chair with ottoman, and then further to a chaise longue. Made of polyurethane foam covered in 100 percent polyester fabric, the chaise is available in black or charcoal. Its dimensions when folded are 27 in. sq. Umbra, 1705 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212. www.umbra.dot.com.
Walter Rossi: Minimalism meets whimsy in this New York furniture maker’s Soft Metal line of upholstered iron seating. The collection includes chairs, stools, and benches, such as the sculptural ladder-bench shown. A new raw iron finish reveals the natural blemishes in the material, which is shiny in some spots and darker in areas with greater oxidization. The bench has a polymer coating for durability. Walter Rossi, 1306 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213. www.walterrossi.com.
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DePadova: Designed by Vico Magistretti, the Cirene chair is available with or without arm-rests and in a stackable or swivel recliner version. The fixed chair is stackable up to 10 chairs, while the swivel chair is on casters and can be height adjusted. The chassis comes in plywood paint finish (anthracite gray or cadmium yellow); white laminate with plywood border; and plywood with veneer in natural beech, wengestained oak, natural maple, and natural or aniline-stained cherry are offered. The legs or five-spoke base are made of glassy chrome-plated steel. DePadova, Corso Venezia 14, 20121 Milan, Italy.
Cappellini: The Superlight sofa is a compact, low-profile piece for contemporary settings. It has a metal frame covered with thin but very dense and supportive polyurethane foam. The feet are in stainless steel with gray nylon glides. Superlight, which measures 82 1/2 in. wide by 36 1/4 in. deep by 27 1/2 in. high (seat height 15 3/4 in.), can be upholstered in either leather or fabric. Available through Luminaire, 8950 Northwest 33rd Street, Miami, FL 33172. www.luminaire.com.
Stylex: The Zephyr chair, designed by Sava Cvek, combines the convenience of stacking with the comfort and durability of mesh. Zephyr’s open-weave mesh fabric moves with the user, and a line of padding along the front of the seat, the polished aluminum lumbar piece, and the top of the back provides further comfort. The mesh’s elastomer fibers make it durable for both sitting and stacking. Stylex, P.O. Box 5038, Delanco, NJ 08075. www.stylexseating.com.
Dauphin: Durable and lightweight, the Ecco stacking chair and cafe table are suitable for use in corporate, institutional, or hospitality settings, both indoors and out. The chair’s fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene shell is available in a range of colors, from soft to vibrant. The table is offered in stacking and non-stacking versions. Tabletops, which are 28 in. round or square, have a weather-resistant laminate surface over a phenolic resin core. Dauphin, 300 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07605. www.dauphin.com.
Paoli: Havana Lounge is a suite of recliner seating pieces for lobbies, offices, and conference areas. Designed by Bang Design of Australia, Havana is available in chair and settee models. Shown is the Club Chair, which measures 35 in. wide by 34 in. deep by 31 1/2 in. high. Paoli, 201 East Martin Street, Orleans, IN 47452. www.paoli.com.
Chairmasters: The 1950 Series, featured in the China Grill Restaurant at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Hotel, includes a side chair, an arm chair, and a barstool. Available with an optional window opening in the back, the seating comes in a wide range of standard and custom finishes, as well as stock fabrics or COM. Chairmasters, 200 East 146th Street, Bronx, NY 10451. www.chairmasters.com.
Stephen Tomar Furniture: The Tango Tete-a-Tete was designed to be placed in front of a fireplace or in the middle of a room facing a view. It can be used as a chaise for one person or as a tete-a-tete for two, and it is available in three sizes: 72 by 33 in., 78 by 42 in., and 78 by 48 in. Included with the Tete-a-Tete are two 18-by-18-in. pillows (not shown). Stephen Tomar Furniture, 8900 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069. www.stephentomarfurniture.com.
Nemschoff: The Oliver recliner series for health-care settings comes in a high-leg version and a wallsaver version. Both have three positions: an upright and two reclines. The wall-saver is operated with an easy-to-use release mechanism on the side. Nemschoff, 2218 Julson Court, Sheboygan, WI 53082. www.nemschoff.com.
Palazzetti: Made by Frigerio of Italy, the William sofa’s contemporary lines with squared back and sides has an ultra-modern upholstered look, but is actually slip-covered. The slip covers, which can be easily taken off and cleaned, come in a wide variety in fabric and covers. Palazzetti, 515 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022. www.palazzetti.com.