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FrontRunners: Sitting Pretty

To coincide with the opening of its fourth U.S. showroom, which is located outside Los Angeles in Culver City, Calif., German furniture company Vitra (www.vitra.com) commissioned architect Greg Lynn to create a one-of-a-kind chair. “I wanted to make something extremely comfortable, but I was also interested in finding a new way to handle the base and legs of a chair,” Lynn says. After building 19 prototypes, he made one that was just right, the Ravioli chair ($3,650), pictured here. Like the pasta, the chair consists of two halves: The base is plastic, and the rest is upholstered. “Our museum in Germany has nearly 10,000 chairs in its collection,” observes Vitra CEO Hanns-Peter Cohn. “But none of them looks anything like this.” . . .

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