Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Paulistano Chair ($1,500) was designed in 1957, but just made its way to the US market from Brazil in 2006. Its frame is a continuous 17-ft. piece of solid stainless steel, shaped to withstand 200 lbs. of pressure. It's said to be "exceptionally comfortable" and flexes to suit upright or relaxed seated positions. Regardless, it's darn good looking. A variety of chair covers are offered, including leather, but the cotton Missoni cover is just plain irresistible. I don't know about you, but I'm aching to sink my seat into it.
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