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Plainly speaking: this year's best in seating may appear straightforward. The stories behind them are anything but.

01 The 20-inch-tall Kale stool, designed by Mario Ferrarini, doubles as an oval side table when the cushion is removed. Produced by Living Divani, the line is made from Cristalplant, a recyclable composite.

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02 Named for the Egyptian word for water, the Mem chair by French designer Christophe Pillet for Kristalia reinforces its injection-molded polypropylene with glass. It has thin slits for stacking and comes in five color options.

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03 Artek's reedition of Ilmari Tapiovaara's hugely popular Kiki collection, which won the gold prize at the 1960 Milan Triennale, integrates black oval steel tubing across a range of staekable chairs, benches, and sofas. All the pieces come in either fabric or leather.

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04 The 6.5-foot-long Bent Glass bench by Naoto Fukasawa, following the designer's Drawn table for Glas Italia last year, is made from a transparent, superlight-weight glass that's tempered and curved so as to give this almost half-inch-thick bench a surprising strength.

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05 Jasper Morrison's Tare Color chair for Cappellini updates his Tate chair, made in 2000, to include an epoxy paint for its stainless-steel base to match the body. It comes in eight different colors and can stack eight high.

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06 Japanese dynamo Tokujin Yoshioka has managed to create a physical object that appears and disappears at the same time. Released as a limited edition a few years ago in Milan, Kartell's Invisible armchair is less chair, more air, and now in production.

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07 The armrests are the most striking feature of Mario Ruiz's Daily sofa for Barcelona-based Joquer. But the L-shaped finished brass legs and metal frame offer a lightweight counterpoint to the sofa's offhanded anthropomorphism.

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08 Ligne Roset's Goodie footstool by Konstantin Grcic protege Maria Jeglinska is made out of a plywood and polypropylene frame with polyether foam and is covered in a crease-free fabric. Each of the four rings is upholstered separately before being interlocked for a unique effect.

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09 The new down-filled version of Jean-Marie Massaud's Yale armchair, which won the Compasso d'Oro award last year, is available in black or white options through MDF Italia. Its minimal aluminum frame, die-cast aluminum feet, and steel profile support the backrest and armrest cushions, which are top-stitched together.

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10 The Felt chair from the French designers Fabien Cagani and Laurent Matras--known as Delo Lindo--is covered tip to base in wool felt. Available from Ligne Roset, it comes in six colors and has secret removable zipped covers hidden inside its edge-to-edge seams.

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11 Vico Magistretti's versatile 1996 Maui Soft chair for Kartell ushered in a new era of single-mold seats that had no back ribbing or reinforcements of any kind. This updated version of his design now comes in 18 colors with fabric-covered versions.

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12 The removable exterior of the Manto sofa is fashioned like a cape with a series of individual, handcrafted pleats that create a wave-like pattern, adding a tactile quality to its natural elegance. Handmade by the in-house team at Poltrona Frau, the sofa reinterprets the couture legacy of the brand in divan and two- and three-seat options.

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13 Developed by German designer Werner Aisslinger in collaboration with BASF Acrodur, the Moroso Hemp chair is a prototype for the first stackable, single-shell small armchair made out of the natural fiber. Using a heat-molded process borrowed from the auto industry, the easy modeling process allows for exaggerated shapes.

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14 Ferdinand Kramer's classic 1925 Theban daybed is now available through German manufacturer El5 in waxed solid European oak and walnut. Its handwoven surface is finished in either textile band or vegetable-tanned leather, which develops its own soft patina over time.

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15 Using a joinery method borrowed from early 1900s Arts and Crafts furniture, Rich Brilliant Willing's Cask Milk stool is a rugged, durable 18-inch-tall seat. It's available in natural solid oak with satin brass or ebonized oak with blackened steel.

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16 The slanted frame of Moroso's Tia Maria chair, designed by Enrico Franzolini, allows the user to lie back in a casual way or sit sideways for more formal positioning. Made from leather with a base in chromed tubular steel, the collection includes standard and small armchairs.

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17 The Santa Monica lounge by Jean-Marie Massaud lives up to its name: The casual chair from Poliform comes in 10 mix-and-match options for fabrics, cushions, and accessories-all the way down to the drawstring stitching that runs along the perimeter.

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18 The latest entry in the line of Naoto Fukasawa's Papilio family of seating, the Love Papilio chair for B&B Italia was inspired by the butterfly. Its broad backrest and 5-foot-long base is long enough to envelop two people-lovers, preferably, as the name suggests-in snug and symmetrical fashion.

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19 The tapered and beveled frame of MDF Italia's Fin sofa by German duo Jehs + Laub is just an inch thick, but it's the determining factor of this highly customizable system that's part couch, part coffee table, part shelving. How much of the surface you leave open and how you arrange the modular cushions is up to you. The backrest and ears use mass-dyed, anti-UV-treated polypropylene cord to create an unexpected alliance of minimalist design and warm, handwoven techniques.

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20 Cassina has reissued the LC2 armchair, originally designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret as an experimental prototype for the interiors of the Villa Church Pavilion. The color palette, conceived by Charlotte Perriand, now comes in a two-tone finish, with five options in satin and five in cotton.

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21 The first collaboration between Valencia-based Luis Eslava and Sancal is the Party armchair, part of a modular system that offers a versatile configuration of seating. A small table, sofa and seat cushions, armrests, and poufs are all interchangeable.

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22 Constance Guisset's Sol rocking chair for Molteni & C is made entirely out of laser-cut aluminum sheets, shaped in a cold press, and then arc-welded to create asymmetrical curves that balance the chair from top to bottom.

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