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Brace Chair by Samuel Wilkinson

Having been intrigued by steam-bending wood for years, Samuel Wilkinson designed a modern chair that utilizes the traditional process that’s used to manipulate wood. The Brace chair was named after the curved ‘arch brace’ that was traditionally used as a backup way to strengthen structures and it features several of them. The chair’s curved elements are scaled back, leaving behind a minimalist, contemporary form, while providing enough strength to not need additional cross braces. That results in a lightweight and sculptural structure that supports a seat that looks as if it’s floating.

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Brace is made with locally sourced materials and produced in a factory less than 100 miles from Wilkinson’s studio. The chair is available in various finishes, including Matte black, Cobalt blue, and Lime washed ash. The wood’s grain remains a prominent feature after getting a sandblasted finish.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.