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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Design Public Guide: Great Desk Chairs for Homework Time

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Well, we’ve covered desks and lamps in our Back to School Design Public Guides. Now it’s time for comfy and attractive chairs for homework time. Here are some of our top picks from around the site. 13-0005343.jpg

Steelcase Think Chair. This ultimate desk chair is smart enough to adjust to you and the rest of your family members’ weights and postures. There’s built-in lumbar allows for additional dialed in back support. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures.



Steelcase Move Multi-Use Chair with Upholstered Seat. There’s more to this stylish and stackable chair that meets the eye. Under the seat cushion there is a support system that conforms to your body — flexors inside the seat curve with your curves and move as you move. What I like most about it is it’s versatility; it can serve as a comfy desk chair or dining chair. So working at the kitchen table is comfortable, or if it’s in your kiddo’s room, you can reclaim it when she goes off to college.

rollersideappleModernica Side Shell with Rolling Base Chair. This molded fiberglass classic is a modern icon, made from the original molds that the Eameses designed. The seat height adjusts approximately from 18 inches to 22 inches. I chose the version that rolls, because rolling is fun and can tempt your child right into the homework seat. Let him have some fun cruising the floor before he has to get down to business. blue_graphite


Steelcase Turnstone Buoy Chair. Sometimes ya gotta shake up homework time a bit. The buoy chair looks like it’s meant for something more fun than homework, so let it work its deceptive magic and tempt your child right over to those sentences she needs to diagram. The buoy wobbles and engages the core, and the height can be adjusted in a five-inch range.


Blu Dot Real Good Chair. We picked this powder-coated beauty in red because it enlivens the senses and ignites passion. While available in other lovely colors, grab a red one for homework time.

visu_sledbase_black_field_142.jpgMuuto Visu Chair — Sled Base, Upholstered Seat. The cozy upholstered seat on this version of the Visu chair is inviting and ergonomic. The sled base on this version adds an irresistibly modern touch.



Blu Dot Roy Chair. This chair made the list for four great reasons. It’s padded, attractive, stackable and available at a great price point.

We wish we had the room to share more details about our desk chair selection. But you can check them out for yourself:

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Get to Know TrueModern

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Do you know TrueModern? If not, it’s a greet time to get acquainted. We are happy to announce that for the first time ever in TrueModern’s history, we are launching a fantastic sale. Take 20%  off all of TrueModern upholstered pieces from August 17 through September 17 2015.

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Julia and Edgar Blazona have combined experience of working for Williams-Sonoma, Target, Pottery Barn, and West Elm before branching out with their own brand, TrueModern. You’ll love their stylish, comfortable, pet and kid-friendly sofas, chairs and ottomans, and they’ll be a big part of your home furniture for decades to come as they are not only classic but also very durable. Available in several styles and all the different configurations and sizes you’ll need, they offer comfortable and chic seating for everyone in the family.

Take a look at TrueModern’s corner pieces, chaises and sofas to see which configuration will work for your room. Then study the colors to see which one you will love for years to come. This is the TrueModern Jackson 104-inch Sofa with Chaise:


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All of TrueModern’s pieces are available in a range of colors. This is Blue Bird, which adds lovely color but can also serve as a modern-day neutral:

If you’re looking for something that will add a big jolt of color to your space, check out Parrot:



The TrueModern Jackson Chair is dangerous because once you sink into it you may not ever want to get up.




You have a few weeks to play around with layouts and think about color, but don’t wait too long. The sale ends on September 17, 2015.

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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Don’t Miss the Gus Modern Summer Sale!

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Buying a new sofa is a big deal. It’s one of those big purchases that you hem and haw over and save up your money for. Don’t miss this chance to save 20% on Gus*Modern’s upholstered pieces. There is a range of beautiful styles, fabrics and colors. Also while you’re shopping, why not pick up a chair or two, and/or an upholstered ottoman? The sale is on until August 16, 2015, so you’ll have plenty of time to hem. And haw. Then decide.



The Margo Sofa is a beautiful new classic with French flair. And deep jewel-toned blue is the new neutral. Upholstered in jewel-toned velvet, you’ll want to channel your inner George Costanza and ensconce yourself in it. By the way, if blue velvet’s not for you, it also comes in quartz, zinc and goldleaf.


If Don Draper was shilling on Madison Avenue in 2015, I think he’d choose The Davenport Sofa. Its clean lines are a current update on mid-century modern style, and its sleek stainless steel base adds a contemporary touch.  It also comes in a bi-sectional version as well.


The Thatcher Sofa combines a steel frame with unique diamond-patterned upholstery that adds a slightly more traditional touch.




Need more space to stretch out and seat more people? The Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa gives you room to put your feet up and relax. Warning: This may induce a fat nap.



The Mimico Ottoman is one of those pieces that will serve you in many ways, in a bunch of rooms, for many years to come. Place it in the entryway as a landing strip, where you can take your shoes off and stash them, your bag and other equipment out of view inside. Use it as a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. Place it at the end of your bed as a bench and keep an extra throw blanket stored inside. There are so many possibilities.


The Spanner Chair was designed in 1950 and its playful style has endures. In fact, it was out of production for about 50 years before Gus struck a deal with the Spanner family to bring this beauty back to life.

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Last Two Days to Save on Gus*Modern!

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There are just two days left to save 15% on Gus*Modern. The sale ends tomorrow, January 31, 2015 at midnight EST. We thought we’d tempt you with  a few gorgeous Gus pieces in situ in some very stylish homes, because if you want to save, you’re running out of time!


In this gorgeous home, modern day meets mid-century modern, and the Gus*Modern Atwood Sectional Sofa is good friends with both styles. Clean lines, tufted upholstery and solid FSC-certified wood base let it slip into a wide range of room styles. This warm modern interior design is by Sarah Gallop Design Inc.

Photography by: Ema Peter Photography


Amanda Jane Jones of Amanda Jane Jones Studio and co-creator of Kinfolk Magazine shows off  the Gus*Modern Truss Chair in this perfect little corner. The midcentury modern-styled chair features a solid natural ash frame with an interlocking truss base and finger joint detailing on the arms. It has comfortable heft yet appears light. 

Photograph by: Amanda Jane Jones

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Giveaway Day 10: Loll Designs Lago Chair in Gray

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Here at Design Public, we’re kicking off the holiday selling season with a 11 days of fantastic giveaways. Now through Cyber Monday, we’ll be giving away great prizes (including free shipping) . Check in every weekday to see which product we are giving away that day. You may enter to win every single one.

We’re well into our second week of fabulous giveaways (check out past posts or our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see what you’ve missed, because they are all up for grabs until we complete our drawing on December 15, 2014). Today’s prize is a REALLY good one, it’s the Lagos Chair from Loll Designs. My favorite feature is his handy wineglass stem holder:

This chair is comfy, can actually seat two people (who are comfortable sharing personal space with each other  like that) and is made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials. It can stand up to the elements and you on too much Cabernet.


We’re announcing a product giveaway every weekday through Dec 1, 2014.

To enter, simply pin the photo to your Pinterest account, Tweet it or Instagram it and use the hashtag  DESIGNPUBLICGIVEAWAY10. Or check out our Facebook post and Share it.

You can enter once per day. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

No purchase necessary.