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The most exciting pieces of furniture to come out in 2022

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In 2022, we have seen a lot of interesting developments in the furniture industry. Some of it was expected. Sustainability has continued to drive innovation — no surprise there — and reissues of old classics are still hot. But one thing we didn’t expect was the abundance of brands crossing into new territory. Did Herman Miller design the first original gaming chair? Parachute make sofas and coffee tables? Ian Callum designs…a modern Eames lounge chair?

To learn about these products and more, here are our picks for the best furniture releases of 2022.

Additional reporting by Tyler Chen

Thuma The Dresser

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Thuma actually makes one of the best bed frames on the market, thanks to its solid wood construction and tool-free Japanese joinery kit. Now, the brand is introducing the same principles to another essential piece of bedroom furniture: the wardrobe.

Like the Thuma bed, the Thuma dresser is made of 100% recycled solid wood and contains no wood veneers or MDF. It also, like the bed frame, requires no tools for assembly thanks to the now-familiar Japanese joinery system. The cabinet consists of freestanding, modular, soft-closing drawers that arrive assembled, you can simply stack them on top of each other or side by side to build a cabinet to fit your space. Legs are also available if you need more height.

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Burrow Vesper Lounge Chair

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If you buy one of Burrow’s new loungers, called the Vesper, you may never want to get up again. Burrow may have started out making sofas but every furniture they’ve launched since has been a winner. The Vesper, which comes as a standalone chair or with a complementing ottoman, is an armless reclining chair, made of a molded plywood construction (very mid-century modern like everything else Burrow does). The chair, the brand says, reclines to the perfect position to avoid too much pressure on any part of your body, and the ottoman follows suit so your knees don’t bend too much. The chair ships in one box and comes together, quite literally, at any time.

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Zero Waste Avocado Set

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Zero waste avocado furniture

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From mattresses to pillows, Avocado makes premium eco-friendly products. She now has a line of Zero Waste furniture, handcrafted only from recycled wood. The Beechwood line includes nearly everything you need for the home from a coffee table to a chair. Avocado is trying to be one of the most sustainable companies on Earth, and this is just one more step to reaching that goal.

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Herman Miller Phantom Gaming Chair

Phantom gaming chair

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Gaming chairs are often unsightly and often completely unnecessary. So Herman Miller, who has already taken over the office chair space, set out to change that in 2022 with the Vantum. The chair is HM’s first crack at building a gaming chair from the ground up, and they’ve knocked it out of the park. Designed in collaboration with Logitech G, with gaming ergonomics in mind, Vantum is designed to provide gamers with the optimal amount of support during all phases of gameplay, whether they’re in the midst of intense competition or taking a break between sessions. Oh, and it doesn’t look shabby either.

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Floyd Acton Slat Bench

Floyd Acton Bench

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By 2022, we thought we knew what to expect from Detroit-based Floyd furniture brand DTC: smart modular designs, sustainable materials, and eye-catching mid-century modern designs. But this completely surprised us. Working with the estate of the late designer Hugh Acton, Floyd has recreated the Acton Slat Bench—a design the Michigan native made in 1954 while a student at the state’s legendary Cranbrook Academy of Art. The original seats are in short supply and priced high on the used market, but Floyd’s reissue—like the OG is made in Michigan—is more achievable.

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Outdoor white aluminum outdoor furniture

Outdoor white aluminum outdoor furniture

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Outer already makes some of the best outdoor furniture in the game, but now they’ve just released the coolest thing ever. Outdoors took this already great patio furniture and gave it a white aluminum frame. While aluminum is already anti-overheating, this new white powder coating contains reflective pigments that deflect infrared light, which Otter says stays up to 20 percent cooler to the touch. And like the other pieces in his collection, the furniture is weather-resistant, guaranteed to last more than 10 years.

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Houseplant Strut Lamp

Indoor plant support lamp

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Houseplant, the brand of lawn and weed accessories from Seth Rogen, can’t afford to lose. Strut’s new lamp is exactly that – a lamp. But it’s also a weird ashtray. Sitting atop a marble base, the lamp has a dimmable LED light that is operated via a touch-sensitive button. It’s also worth noting that the Houseplant is now available at Bodega, one of the brand’s few retailers, making it easier than ever to buy their products.

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Levity Lifeproof Tables

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Say goodbye to water ringers once and for all. Levity, sister brand to Ruggable, has expanded its line of stain-resistant furniture with new Life-Proof tables. Mid-Century Modern inspired pieces include the Round Dining Table, Rectangular Dining Table, Round Scandinavian Coffee Table, and Round Scandinavian Side Table.

All come in walnut or white oak finishes and are protected with Levity’s Life-Proof Coating that protects against heat, liquids, and scratches. The dining tables are $799 and $899, respectively, while the coffee table is $349 and the side table is just $159.

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Callum lounge chair

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Last year, Ian Callum and his eponymous designer house unveiled the Callum Lounge Chair concept. Meant to be a sleek, modern update to the classic mid-century Herman Miller Eames Lounge, the Callum Lounge features a carbon fiber shaft and smoked eucalyptus veneer on its plywood casing and luxurious leather trim.

Originally intended only as a concept, the iconic auto designer — whose portfolio includes the Aston Martin Vanquish concept and the stunning Jaguar C-X75 — is making his stunning lounge chair available for purchase, though it’s limited to just 50 examples worldwide.

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Hi Bruno Rey Collection

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One of the hottest chairs on the antique market in recent years has been the Rey chair, created by Swiss designer Bruno Rey for Dietiker in 1971. New Rey chairs (along with the Rey dining table) are quickly back in production thanks to a collaboration between the brand Danish Hay, the original manufacturer. The reissued Rey chair and table still feature Detecker’s unique patented wood-to-metal jointing system, and is available in the colors of the original series—along with some new shades hand-picked by the design experts at Hay.

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Verve chair

Branch dynamic chair

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Branch already wowed us with the task chair, the ergonomic chair and the daily chair, so they certainly didn’t need to come up with any new office chairs in 2022. But that’s exactly what they did, and we couldn’t be happier. Aimed at hardcore WFHers, Verve is the most unique, best looking, and most expensive show yet. With six points of adjustment, a 3D knit back and a statement-making silhouette, Branch’s Verve brings plenty to the table, fault, and office, while still costing less than half as much as some of its competitors.

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Canopy living room set

Umbrella furniture in the living room

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No longer confined to the bedroom, content favorite Parachute has expanded into the living room in 2022 with impressive results. The brand’s initial offering at the center of each home includes features such as the Cloud-like Pillow Chair and Pillow Couch, the cozy Loop Coffee Table and an eye-catching series of lamps that blend materials like stone, marble, and brass. The Los Angeles-based company describes the collection as “distinctively California mid-century Danish design,” and if you think this sounds incredibly casual and crowd-pleasing, you’d be right.

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