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By Debbie AndersonAugust 26, 2021No Comments


By Babs Rodriguez

We like a good comeback. And we think furnishings with good form and equally admirable function deserve to take a second bow. We also have a thing for artistic concepts realized by popular demand. Here then, three dramatic arrivals with all the feels that furniture fantasies are made of. Cue the applause.

The Wilkes Modular Sofa Group Chair covered in Beck Katydid fabric Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Comeback kid

Nothing frivolous gums up the clean lines that inspired its nickname: Chiclet Chair. Known for rediscovering and bettering the classics, Design Within Reach reintroduces Wilkes Modular Seating. The collection, designed by Ray Wilkes in 1976,  is now ready for modern living with new colors and fresh fabric options. The Sofa Group Chair is available in four textiles and more than two dozen colors. From $2,295. Design Within Reach

Steely good looks

The origin of the bent-steel, magically cantilevered chair is debatable, but it is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who is remembered for making the tubular steel designs irresistibly beautiful. The MR Collection from Knoll showcases the designer’s 1920s chaise loungers and chairs (with and without arms) with durable and well-padded leather upholstery. Available in Volo, Sabrina and water-resistant Acqua leather finishes in 26 colors. Chairs from $4,383; loungers from $5,337.

Photo courtesy of Knoll

Photo courtesy of Moooi

Digital gets real

A virtual showstopper when introduced to the design community as a CGI image in a showcase of “impossible” furniture, Hortensia has been brought to life by the innovative — and definitively quirky — Moooi design company. Originally a 3D rendering by designer Andrés Reisinger, the armchair emulates its namesake bloom with fabric converted into 20,000-plus petals in a process that requires 22.5 hours of sewing time per chair. The signature Petal fabric comes in Pink and Grey, but tailored fabrics are also available. From $3,248. Scott + Cooner 


Design Within Reach NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-987-1465, Scott + Cooner 1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 100, Dallas, 214-748-9838,