In these shaky financial times, straightforward goods and tried-and-true techniques are in vogue. At London’s 100% Design, this proclivity was seen in the accent on craftsmanship and preference for such honest materials as wood, metal, and leather. - Julie Taraska

Heaven sent
The Holier Than Thou series of indoor/outdoor furniture is made of perforated steel sheeting finished in a glossy powder coat. The pieces are light in appearance and weight, yet can still withstand the elements. Available in three patterns and five colors. Falinc, Melbourne.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #201]


Pop-up decor
Laser-etched petals and tubular stems burst off the backgrounds of Genevieve Bennett’s Stucco leather wall hangings. The high-end sculpted panels, which measure 3.9' x 2.6' and come in seven colors (black shown), are an investment at 2,000 British pounds each (equal to $2,925 at press time). Genevieve Bennett, London.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #200]


Flower power
Sam Pickard is known for her strong graphic prints and use of nature motifs, so it’s fitting that the textile artist’s first rug, Dahlia, features oversize blooms on a bold background.It is made of 100 percent wool and hand-knotted. Forty Thieves, London.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #203]


Easy glider
The Stingray may resemble Harry Bertoia’s classic metal Diamond chair, but the former is far more comfortable, offering a shell fully upholstered in fabric or leather, or covered with oak, walnut, or Makassar veneer. Also available in an indoor/outdoor fiberglass option, and a choice of a stationary or rocking-chair base. Fredericia Furniture, New York City.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #202]

Comeback chaise
Introduced in the 1970s, the Casalino chair fell victim to the decade’s oil crisis, its plastic frame too costly to manufacture. To mark maker Casala’s 90th anniversary, the company is offering a reformulated model comprising PA6 plastic, nylon, and fiberglass. The new version is stackable, scratch-resistant, and suitable for indoors and out. Casala, Culemborg, the Netherlands.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #207]