Thin Is In: The Newest Trend in Furniture

Wafer-thin chairs, desks, and shelves make a big impression in any room.

Photos courtesy of each supplier.
Wafer-thin chairs, desks, and shelves make a big impression in any room. Big style comes in very slim packages.
1. Chair
A Sony alum who's made cell phones and digital cameras, Japanese designer Ichiro Iwasaki brings the electronics industry's obsession with slimness into his new indoor-outdoor Bridge chair for Discipline, pairing an all-weather African iroko-wood seat with a spindly yet strong aluminum-and-steel frame.
2. Desk
Self-taught designer Christophe Delcourt imagined his ULU desk as a structure perfect for the MacBook Air set: It's just under 16 inches deep with a single, shallow drawer.
3. Table
Fascinated by the fine line between minimalist and mundane, French mainstay Éric Jourdan shaved his Gilda table down to a barely there steel base, then added two subtle details—slender legs and a curved lip, in either ash or okoumé wood, borrowed from traditional cabinet-making—that give it an outsize presence.
Starting at $900;
4. Bench
Mid-century Finnish icon Ilmari Tapiovaara designed his steel-frame Kiki series, recently reissued by Artek, to work equally well in conference rooms and living rooms—which is why this compact, lightweight two-seater still seems so practical now, 53 years after its debut.
Starting at $1,165;
5. Shelf
To evoke falling rain—the inspiration for his Drizzle shelves for Gallotti & Radice—Italian designer Luca Nichetto supports his modular shelving system with narrow anodized-aluminum poles for a staggering (in multiple senses) result.
Starting at $1,980;
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