Even the most hardcore design snob will tell you that the barcalounger, that very American leveler, is as comforting (and comfortable) as a warm blanket on a cold night. That still does not negate the fact that the chair is one of the ugliest pieces of furniture in the canons of design, and no hipster would be caught dead reclining in one. So how does a hipster design cognoscenti kick back? I found the answer—in a Recliner 74 by Milo Baughman.
Manufactured by High Point, N.C.-based Thayer Coggin (longtime collaborator with Baughman) and available exclusively at Design Within Reach (which help put the chair back into production), the seemingly sleek, modern chair opens with a slight seated push, allowing a sitter to go from upright to feet up to full recline. It’s made from solid walnut, matrix webbing, plywood, and leather and fabric upholstery.
For every product you can put in your house, there’s a high-end version and a low-cost alternative that looks just as good. This Richard Neutra collection of modern house numbers by Design Within Reach is a case in point. True to the 1930s originals that the architect used on his houses, the numbers are made from weather- and corrosion-resistant aluminum. Priced at $48 per piece, each number weighs half a pound and installs without visible hardware. If you want a lower-cost option, you can turn to Atlas Homewares for a version that’s $18.60. Available in oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel, they offer the same clean look (though the mounting hardware is visible) and can be installed with or without extension tubes. www.dwr.com and www.atlashomewares.com.
$48 Richard Neutra house numbers from Design Within Reach.