With pieces like the Design by Conran Cairns Bench – which is joined without fasteners – J.C. Penney has become part of the affordable-high-design revolution (current financial troubles aside). Design legend Sir Terence Conran says this bench reflects his passion for traditional carpentry. It's priced at a fraction of what it could cost. [$359; jcpenney.com]
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