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Robert Nieminen | Editor-at-Large

Dec. 31, 2014

I selected these products for their contemporary elegance, of course, but also because Patricia Urquiola's Openest Collection is so indicative of the more relaxed approach to corporate interiors that's been trending; because the A-Chair elevates the design language of stacking chairs; and because Todd Bracher continues to illuminate the possibilities of LEDs with style and imagination.

1. Haworth’s Openest collection by Patricia Urquiola is an ensemble of products for collaborative spaces where people work or relax—whether it’s sofas, pouf seating, tables, or space-dividing screens. Openest creates an environment of approachable comfort, adapting to people’s needs for interaction or time alone.

2. The A-Chair from Brunner is a modular, stackable, and universally elegant chair from designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub. With a variety of colors, materials, and functional details, the A-Chair lives up to the promise of being a good and innovative architect’s tool.

3. VESSEL, a collaboration by 3M Architectural Markets and designer Todd Bracher, is a crystal clear cylindrical light made of durable and elegant quartz crystal. Designed especially for the hospitality market, VESSEL—available as a pendant or sconce—is perfectly calibrated to eliminate residual LED glare.

Erika Templeton | editorial director

Remember my New Year's resolution to get a task chair? Trouble is, I have an unflinching obsession with stools—and my 2015 resolve was no match for the BCTD barstool's wood and leather charms. The String Lights series won my heart at a FLOS showroom party just a few weeks ago, beating out the competition thanks to their flexibility, which lets the end user determine... Read More >>

AnnMarie Martin | Senior Editor

Life imitates art and vice versa. These products are a perfect example of that. The handmade qualities that come out in the Rabari collection are both elegant and trendy all at the same time and show us that class can be ... Read More >>

Chris Curtland | Managing Editor

I’m a lounge lizard so this green Heron would help me ease the tension of my task chair. Further enhancing my mellow mood is my office window, which lets me power down the fluorescents that harsh my vibe... Read More>>

Ben Frotscher | Associate Editor

As kind of our “product guy,” I see a lot of what the industry has to offer in terms of, well, products. I selected Via Veneto from ImolaCeramica and the Island Collection from ERG because I thought these were two... Read More>>

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