Baltus's Picasso chair.
The Paris-Seoul coffee table, designed for Poliform.
The Itomaki coffee table from Karl Andersson & Soner.
The Ruché sofa from Ligne Roset.
Peter Harrison's Zig Zag Chair.
The Spyder table for Cattelan Italia.
Hancock & Moore's Flexx Metal Oval Chair.
Karim Rashid's Ottawa collection of seating for BoConcept.
Event, a casegoods collection from Hurtado.

Mod Squad

The latest contemporary furnishings embody innovation and style

European Edge
Javier Martin Muriel, who founded the high-end contemporary Spanish furniture company Baltus, designs all its furniture—including the curvaceous Picasso chair, pictured here. Beech wood legs are hand-painted to look like rosewood; the upholstery comes from Casamance, a European fabric company. Fully customizable. baltuscollection.com

Light and Airy
Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform, the Paris-Seoul line of coffee tables recently debuted at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair. While they are generously proportioned, the tables are made of thin bronze sheets that give them a light and airy look. The metal is covered in hide or in a spessart oak veneer. poliform.it

Oh, Canada
Designed by Dan Sunaga, the Itomaki coffee table from Karl Andersson & Söner is made of interlinked lengths of wood that fold ingeniously. The glass-topped table comes in four heights and diameters, in a choice of stained oak, birch or walnut. Available exclusively through Apartment Zero. apartmentzero.com; karl-andersson.se

Quilting Party
Designed by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset, the Ruché sofa series consists of a simple, solid wood frame draped by an upholstered piece of quilting. With 35 fabric and leather choices, hundreds of color options and four frame variations, it is highly customizable. The collection also includes beds and tables. ligne-roset-usa.com

An Uncommon Vision
Known for his use of nontraditional joinery, award-winning furniture designer Peter Harrison recently debuted a reinterpretation of the classic Zig Zag Chair, originally created by Gerrit Rietveld in 1934. Called Zig Zag Redux, it is made of maple and reveals its aluminum joints; available in a black or red lacquer finish. peterharrison.com

Framed in Steel
Designed by Berry & Clark for Hancock & Moore, the Flexx Metal Oval Chair features simple, clean lines executed in steel. This 
lounge chair, pictured in purple leather, is part of the company’s contemporary collection. Available through Baker Furniture. 
bakerfurniture.com

X Marks the Spot
Designer Philip Jackson used an angular, X-shaped base to convey the geometry of his Spyder dining table for Cattelan Italia. The base comes in a choice of matte-white or matte-graphite varnished steel; stainless steel; or Canaletto walnut or wenge. The glass-topped table is available through Theodores in Georgetown. theodores.com

Coming Home
Industrial designer Karim Rashid was inspired by the stark, natural landscape around his hometown when he conceived the Ottawa collection for BoConcept. The Minimalist line includes a dining set featuring a table, chairs (pictured), sideboard, cabinet and more. The chairs are available in multiple fabric and leather choices. boconcept.ca

Spanish Style

Pure lines and glossy finishes characterize Event, a new collection of case goods from Spanish furniture manufacturer Hurtado. Pictured here, a media unit is finished in high-gloss lacquer with cross brackets of polished steel and leather handles. Available through IMI Furniture; for more information, contact info@imifurniture.com