Inspired by an architectural icon, the De La Warr chair was commissioned in 2005 for the reopening of the De La Warr Pavilion, a modernist edifice built in 1935 in the English town of Bexhill-on-Sea. The designer, Barber Osgerby, is part of the powerhouse collective Established & Sons, known for producing top-notch contemporary products by a roster of important designers (and their kick-ass launch parties). The De La Warr chair was developed with an engaging back skid after the designers observed that chairs are more often viewed from behind, especially dining chairs. Made of cast and pressed aluminum and steel, the chair is suitable for light outdoor use, but shouldn't be left out year-round. [$1,060; mattermatters.com]
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