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.” . . .