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Ten of the best contemporary armchairs

VIP armchair from Moooi

Our favourite seats in the house are often not the spacious sofas but those stand alone armchairs. Why? Because we love the promise of personal space that comes from their made-for-one premise. Added to that is the fact that they are often much more daring in design. With that in mind, we've

Design pick: Rhapsody bedside table lamp from

Who? What? We love the smooth, flowing shape of this Rhapsody bedside table lamp from Designed by Cristiana Ionescu, it's made to be functional first – they say that it “diffuses a gentle ambient light to help you switch off”. We say this is elegant, switched on design. Priced

Design pick: tour storage boxes from

Who? What? Need something retro to keep your stuff? This set of three “tour storage boxes” says throwback in just the right amount – a vintage idea with a modern twist. Handcrafted from steel, these boxes are made to last. Plus, they're practical and space saving too – the smaller

Design pick: The Bowie Collection from

Who? What? We love the raw power of the new Bowie lighting collection from It's simple in its style and yet there's something very unfinished about the design. It's also available as single lights, or as a whole set. You could really go all out on this design. Prices