French industrial designer and architect Jean Marie Massaud’s delicately engineered seating for B&B Italia pays homage to Eero Saarinen’s iconic midcentury-modern TWA terminal at New York’s JFK airport. Perched atop a metallic frame, the birdlike molded plastic and upholstered leather body is all swooping lines and aerodynamic curves (approx. $13,436; ).— Rachel Lexier
Hydroforming, a technique appropriated from the sports-car industry, produces the visual fluidity and literal rigidity of the Aqua Cil lamp, the work of technically avant garde designer Ross Lovegrove (12½"d x 14½"h, $890; ).—Callie Jenschke
This mesmerizing architectural element is part of interior designer Thomas Pheasant’s newest accessories collection for Baker. Sure to be the focal point of any room, the acid-dipped, hand-finished brass armatures frame a convex Lucite “orb,” adding to the hypnotic appeal (26½"dia x 6?"d, $7,350; ).—RL
Lately, designers seem to be going to the doctor—Dr. Dolittle, that is. What else explains the wealth of animal imagery permeating modern interiors? So, go ahead, pursue something wild.
This arresting new modular wall hanging/mobile/room divider system defies all the ordinary product categories to visually soften your Sheetrock. Created by award-winning French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the pieces come in seven colors and two Kvadrat fabrics—Tempo (Trevira) and Divina (boiled wool felt)—in sets of 8 ($440–$495) or 24 ($1,105–$1,235; ).—RL
Perfection has its price—or maybe three when it comes to this trio of stylishly simple escritoires. The Swoop from CB2 offers affordable organization with a walnut-stained veneer top and powder-coated metal base (49½"w x 24"d x 36"h, $299; ).–Flannery Hoard
Pierre Paulin’s Ursuline desk for Ligne Roset combines a sturdy tubular-steel base with a delicately curved MDF top. The piece was inspired by his midcentury Lady’s Desk for Thonet (47"w x 25½"d x 35½"h, from $3,115; ).–FH
The Lucca laptop desk by Philippe Hurel is luxurious, with a bright leather top over a sycamore frame and a brushed-steel base (55"w x 27"d x 29"h, $8,500; ).—FH
In what may be the ultimate act of recycling, Bleu Nature crafts fashion-forward furniture from materials that include large amounts of driftwood, making every piece unique ($8,995; ).—CJ
Designed by Tord Boontje, the Crystal Ice stool is part jewel box, part functional art. The densely wrapped crystals enclosed in a glass cube allude to floating icicles (19" cube; price upon request, ).—CJ
Spanish designer Jaime Hayon created a signed, limited-edition Crystal Candy set for the famed French company. This one (of nine designs in all) combines clear crystal with white ceramic (22"h x 9"dia, $16,000; 800/777-0100).—CJ
The French manufacturer looked to the past for inspiration for its Architecte collection. This 94-inch-long, cherrywood-veneer Enologist chest is based on an old piece used by vintners to store bottles. It will be available by summer, just in time to celebrate with a lovely bottle of Chablis (from $11,290; ).—Rima Suqi
A rich bouquet of roses on a black background, the Paola II rug was designed by Bryan Bradley for the fashion house Tuleh. The craft and color of the luxurious rug, a hand-knotted wool and silk blend, make it a natural as a tapestry (starting at $3,600 for 3' x 5', $19,200 for 8' x 10' shown, custom sizing is also available; ).—Sarah Oszczakiewicz
Astier dresser, Tsé & Tsé
Bergdorf Goodman has unveiled this new piece of Tsé & Tsé Associées furniture with varying vintage drawer pulls reclaimed from old chests. As if whimsy weren’t enough, the drawers open on both sides, making the savvy French firm’s Astier a perfect room divider (51"h x 76½"w, $10,500; ).—Katherine Lagomarsino
This modern take on Thonet’s classic bentwood chair by Paolo Lucidi and Luca Pevere is made in three parts; die-cast aluminum legs, opaque polycarbonate seat and clear or opaque polycarbonate back. It’s all clipped together without screws ($468, in a variety of colors; ).—LY
Inspired by Hollywood design icon Tony Duquette, his longtime colleague Hutton Wilkinson created a collection of exuberant fabrics for Jim Thompson. From top: Golden Sunburst ($272/yd.), a silk jacquard weave featuring Duquette’s signature motif, and Tibetan Sun ($182/yd.), an embroidered silk and cotton blend (800/262-0336).—RL
In his carpet design for this top rug company, interiors ace Thomas Jayne referenced the classic strié paint technique used to embellish walls. With his silk and wool Alpha floor covering, Jayne deftly captured the process’s freehanded spontaneity (available in custom sizes, through designers; ).—SO
This pouf, adorned with laser-cut wool flowers, makes a cushy centerpiece for any room, providing a great place to perch. Hundreds of "petals" in taupe and ivory lend it a seductive softness. (22"dia x 22"h, $395;
“Yellow signifies optimism, and with a new president in office, we are optimistic as consumers and Americans,” says Leslie Harrington, the director of the Color Association of the U.S.
Clockwise from top: Designers Guild leafy trim adds graphic punch ($126/yd.; ). Hand-tied tassel Fringe from Calico Corners’s Alfresco collection ($43/yd.; ). Champagne-colored silken tassel from Houlès (through designers; ). Kravet’s Phinda metallic, wrapped-bead fringe on chevron-patterned tape ($99/yd.; ). Eye-catching Damiani metallic trim ($49/yd.; ). Dyed feathers adorn Alchemy Peacock ($40/yd.; ). Chella’s bell-like mahogany ornaments (through designers; ). Center: The XXL Donut, a 13-inch walnut ring, inlaid with mother-of-pearl ($575; ).—Cara Greenberg
Occasional tables? A complete misnomer. These pieces will get constant use.
This article was featured in the June 2009 issue.