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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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California Look: Chairs by Gregg Fleishman, Cisco, Sidecar, Marmol Radziner

The California Look poll, Round 8: Indoor chairs

These days, how a chair is made can be just as important as how it looks. We continue our California Look 2011 poll by asking you to consider these four California designs. Vote for your favorite and tell us why you think it speaks to the idea of modern living. 

And the nominees are ...

Gregg Fleishman Lumberest chairA. Gregg Fleishman's Lumberest dining chair. Culver City architect Fleishman, no stranger to L.A. at Home, uses interlocking parts to create a chair that is cut from a single piece of 4-by-8-foot laminated plywood, reducing waste. It ships flat and unfolds for use. The intricately patterned design provides a springy seat and back for comfort. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco Home chairB. Katso from Cisco Home. Talk about modern times. The Los Angeles firm has made an admirable attempt to keep manufacturing local and in many ways symbolizes the challenges facing the furniture industry. Locally made, the Katso stool is a wonderful example of fashionable industrial design: a tractor-style seat carved from solid wood and set on a steel base. 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria BackC. The Maria chair from Sidecar Furniture in the Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. Owner David Johnson not only designed the chair but also builds them himself. He uses "urban forested" walnut for a frame constructed with mortise and tenon joinery, and he weaves the cane seat and back by hand. The result is exceptionally strong and stylish -- an example of classic craftsmanship that we think speaks to the desire for handmade work in a manufactured-in-China world.

 

00D. The dining chair from Marmol Radziner. The Los Angeles architecture firm's achievements include the restoration of Richard's Neutra's Kaufmann house in Palm Springs, the design and production of prefab homes and a line of furniture. The firm's Dining Group has a strong architectural presence and is made to order from solid walnut or maple. 

 

Which should take the throne? Cast your ballot below. We'll close voting in this category in three days, so share your opinion now about which chair best captures the spirit of home design today.