Here are some of the latest residential furnishings for both work and play that offer comfort, practicality, and good looks for the well-designed home.
Hipso Height-Adjustable Desk
Knoll’s “Work from Home” initiative includes furnishings that easily integrate into residential spaces, including smaller-scale performance chairs and desks and a range of lighting and accessories. The Hipso Adjustable Standing Desk is sturdy, easy to assemble, and delivers sit-to-stand functionality with the touch of a button. At 45-in-by-24-in, the desk is compact enough to be tucked in the corner of a living or dining room. Hipso features a laminate top and a steel base in sturdy black or white paint.
Suspended between two A-shaped side frames, this ADA-compliant, multipurpose table can be positioned from sitting to standing height for indoor or outdoor dining or collaboration for up to eight people. The table offers power outlets, USB and USBC connections, and dimmable LED lighting, controllable by a smartphone, with options including a Vitamin D stimulator, color change adaptor, and UV-C light “virus killer” module. AMAi offers a wind-resistant shade structure that improves acoustics indoors.
Flow X Stairlift
Pearson Lloyd for Access BDD
London-based Pearson Lloyd designed the modern Flow X stairlift for mobility specialist Access BDD. An elegant, ergonomic solution to home mobility, Flow X uses patented Advanced Swivel Levelling technology to ensure the seat and foot rest rotate together, maintaining optimal distance between the chair and the staircase and enabling the user to get on and off without twisting their body. A unique folding mechanism means the chair takes up minimal space on the stairs when not in use and allows the user to park the stairlift without bending the back and knees. Intuitive controls are located in 180-degree foldable arms that allow wheelchair users easy access.
Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa designed the Za stool with a round, defined rim to keep users comfortably seated in the center. Za is handcrafted in Pennsylvania of recycled aluminum through Emeco’s elaborate 77-step process. Available in small, counter height, and bar stool height, Za can be used indoors or out as a seat or side table. Guaranteed for life, the stool is lightweight, strong, non-corrosive, fireproof, impervious to today’s disinfectants, and environmentally friendly. It is offered with a natural, hand-brushed anodized finish, a hand-polished finish, or in six powder-coat colors.
In the Noonu sofa system, designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, the supporting structure disappears from view, creating islands that appear to float. The deep seats have a roller cushion support element bound by sophisticated webbing to a die-cast aluminum frame beneath the seat cushion, allowing it to be arranged in a range of positions. Noonu is composed of four basic elements: a square, a rectangle, a piano-shaped base that creates a curve in the backrest, and a “sail,” which gives rounded volume at the front. The sofa can be upholstered with a new fabric in 12 colors as well as leather.
Inspired by the simple aesthetic of a traditional Japanese home, the upholstered Moa armchair was designed by Milan-based designer Keiji Takeuchi to offer great lumbar and head support. Ligne Roset was required to invent new techniques in order to create the design that Takeuchi envisioned for the chair’s integrated headrest. The chair has a footrest and can swivel, rock, and recline, allowing users to sit comfortably and easily adjust positions when working, reading, or resting. The swivel and reclining mechanisms sit on a bent flat steel structure.