Functional Office Furniture Faves

Office Essentials

Our exposure to so many extraordinarily talented designers and their unique, elegant and functional furniture solutions makes it hard to pick favorites. We often feature Knoll products, but we work with a number of other companies — all of whom have beautifully designed pieces — that we often recommend to our clients.

There are a few essentials no office space would be complete without. Here are a few of our picks for favorite functional office essentials from several of the leading manufacturers we work with.


Dauphin | X-Code

Poly-membrane backrest is upholstered with a soft multidimensional stretch knit material that is also used by Nike on their FlyKnit Lunar 1 competition shoes.

Dauphin blends innovation and “healthy” seating to product ergonomic chairs that are as comfortable and good for the human body as they are beautifully designed.


Sandler Seating | Altea

This fully upholstered arm chair with solid oak legs has an entire family of base options. We love this for side chairs in an office or an executive dining area.

Sandler Seating was founded in London in 1982 as an offshoot of Roy Sandler’s family company, Sandler Upholsterers. Its sister company, Sandler Seating Inc., was established in Atlanta in 1996 to service the US contract furniture market. The Altea side chair is designed by leading Spanish designer, Jorge Pensi, whose artful balance of form and function is recognized worldwide.


Ekitta | Tic Tac Toe

This Austin-based company offers these laptop/end tables with a painted steel base and top options of plastic laminate, stone or solid surface.

Mary Helen Pratte founded EKITTA in 1991 with a focus on metal tables with stone and glass tops to fulfill a void in the furniture industry for finely crafted metal product.


Keilhauer | Talk

Designed by EOOS and winner of Silver-Best of NeoCon, Talk is a collection of seating and tables that encourage face-to-face interaction.

Family-owned Keilhauer was established in 1981 by the Keilhauer brothers. Inspired by their father, who was a pioneer in the design and development of contract seating in North America, the Keilhauers have produced more than 100 furniture collections, many of them award-winning.


Élan by Decca | Span

Designer Brian Graham uses a simple platform designed to support a broad range of functional elements. The design makes reference to classic architectural features in a distinctly modern manner.

Élan by Decca is a portfolio of elegant lounge furniture that was created to address the need for beautifully made furniture that bridges all markets. Decca is an international interior woodwork company offering wood furnishings for homes, offices and hotels worldwide.


Allseating | Tuck

Tuck is a slim profile stack chair that also comes in a bar stool. The triangular arms are unique and have a low profile. The chair comes in a wide range of colors and can be dressed up with a seat pad.

Established in 1982, Allseating’s sole purpose is to make sitting in a chair more ergonomic and more productive.



Leland | Slam

Slam pays precise attention to the smallest details. A floating elegance with refined proportions, Slam can easily furnish a number of spaces within a single facility while maintaining a common aesthetic.

Leland launched in 1993 with its first chair, the Marquette chair. It’s simple design, strong functionality and variety of options propelled Leland into the world of international design-focused furniture.


Hightower | Teton

Part of the Teton Table Series, Teton Conference Table has beautiful joinery details to the natural wood accents. The Teton Table Series takes a modern spin on a classic workshop feel with a playful, expressive twist.

Hightower is a US-based company sourcing fresh, well-designed and innovative interior furniture products suited for today’s corporate environment.


Davis | Sola

Sola proves that a minimalist design can achieve maximum impact. This light and airy chair boasts a distinctive, sculptured form marked by dramatic use of angles.

Davis is a leader in the contract furniture industry offering corporations innovative, contemporary furniture products that are superior in design, aesthetics and function.

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