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Design Seen: Good Form

Skip the club: The best gym is at home, with sleek, cut equipment that quickens the pulse...

Skip the club: The best gym is at home, with sleek, cut equipment that quickens the pulse.


Designed by architect Antonio Citterio, this elliptical trainer promises to work bodies—and turn heads. Technogym developed the seamlessly styled Cross Personal (from $10,900) for exercisers of all fitness levels. The Unity touchscreen digital interface entertains users mid-sweat. 800.804.0952, technogym.com

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“Made in Los Angeles” is the credo of this brand, which designer Spencer Nikosey founded in 2009. The Boxing Kit ($1,245), from the Athletics collection, combines a welded steel frame, walnut plywood disk, steel swivel, and handcrafted black leather speed bag. 213.484.0888, killspencer.com

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Frederic Morlaix

Sculpting the body can be a simple—and civilized—affair. The sleek leather Cuatro Mat ($849 with pad), by the fitness coach Frederic Morlaix, has handles that help users protect the neck during abdominal work. The Cuatro Pad gives yoga and Pilates devotees a boost. 843.277.9596, fredericmorlaix.com

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When John Duke designed this in 1987, he hardly could have imagined its recent star turn in the Netflix series House of Cards. Like fictional D.C. power players, home-gym gurus can row with the WaterRower ($1,500), an elegant machine of American walnut. 800.852.2210, waterrower.com; available at momastore.org

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The solo wheel, steel frame, and carbon-fiber handlebars of Ciclotte (about $9,000) earn the stationary bike high aesthetic marks. Its performance is high, too: It has an epicycloid transmission that increases flywheel rotations, to give the cyclist the feel of pedaling on the open road. storeciclotte.com

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Each dumbbell in the German brand’s design-centric Loft series ($750 for the pair, $285 for the rack) has a raised grip for a comfortable, warm feel. The walnut—sustainably sourced, turned, and polished—pairs with stainless steel for a look that is the antidote to ho-hum workout essentials. hockdesign.com

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Timothy Oulton

The British designer’s passion for antiques preceded his ascent as a global furnishings and 

lifestyle brand. His affinity for the past shows in these hand-stitched boxing gloves ($185), collegiately charming remakes of 20th-century sporting goods. 646.602.3273, timothy​oulton.com  

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