Design experts know that a standout piece of furniture can transform an entire room. Here are five great options, all available through local purveyors.
Mark Fisk, Mainly Art
“Handcrafted, organic, and sculptural, Finn Juhl defined a style introducing the Danish Modern movement to America. This teak wood and leather easy chair was manufactured by Carl Hansen for France and Sons in the 1960s and is one of my favorites.” Finn Juhl chair $1,900–$4,500 depending on condition, Mainly Art, 3711 Madison Rd., Oakley, mainlyart.com
Leah Spurrier, HighStreet
“I like this Baroque-style sofa because it offers a surprise in terms of context—it’s an outdoor sofa. That fact makes it both edgy and unexpected. And this is a brand that’s exclusive to HighStreet.” POLaRT sofa, $2,132, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Rd., downtown, highstreetcincinnati.com
Keith Chrapliwy, Object
“This iconic Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCM (dining chair metal) is a post-war design. Eames was a pioneer in molded plywood technology and pretty much developed what is known today as ergonomics.” DCM chair, $375, Object, 4008 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Beau Bolce, Quince and Quinn
“I like these hide stools because they can be a seat, footrest, or table with an added tray. The sleek chrome leg energizes the hide, transforming it into a timeless classic.” E. J. Victor stool, $695, Quince and Quinn, 3066 Madison Rd., Oakley, qandqhome.com
Susan Kurtz, Voltage
“The soft shape and firm support of the Piccola Papilio swivel chair is what makes it one of my favorites. The shape, which recalls the butterfly, makes this piece stand out among the rest.” Piccola Papilio swivel chair, starting at $2,907, Voltage, 3209 Madison Rd., Oakley, voltagefurniture.com
Originally published in the September 2014 issue.
Photographs by Aaron M. Conway/OMS