The Sling Set: 4 Designers Reinterpret the Relaxed Leather Chair

Laid-back? Yes, but these chairs are no slouches, as world-class designers have given the modernist icon a stylish makeover.

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Laid-back? Yes, but these chairs are no slouches, as world-class designers have given the modernist icon a stylish makeover.

1. Duo

For their double-wide love seat, Belgian photographer Fien Muller and sculptor Hannes Van Severen reinterpret the low-slung forms of design icon Maarten Van Severen, Hannes' father. ($5,185)

2. Starling

Borrowing a page from mid-century Danish stars like Arne Jacobsen, New Zealand designer Cameron Foggo trades bulky upholstery for an extra-thin Delaware leather. ($2,540)

3. Sling

New York designer Kyle Garner's breakout piece, inspired by 1920s canvas deck chairs, has a leather seat that was produced in collaboration with Billykirk. ($1,450)

4. Ninna

This playful chair—whose name means "cradle" in Italian—still has adult appeal: Milanese mainstay Carlo Contin bolted its leather sling to the underside of an ash frame for a free-swinging seat. ($2,000)

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Three Enduring Classics

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Kilin Chair 1973

An ingenious system of removable wooden dowels turned Brazilian icon Sergio Rodrigues' seat into a seamless sling. (Starting at $5,100)

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F444 Chair 1963

French designer Pierre Paulin surprised his fans with this cantilevered frame that held a pocket-shaped yet comfortable saddle-leather seat. ($4,690)

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LC1 Sling 1928

Designed by Le Corbusier the same year as his Chaise Longue, the tubular-steel frame remains elegant in both cowhide and leather. (Starting at $2,055)

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