In her review of this year's Milan Furniture Fair for The New York Times, Julie Lasky writes: "By peddling delicate colors, rich textures and domestic comforts, design companies are demonstrating a realistic understanding of what is marketable."

At the 53rd International Furniture Fair here, which ended on Sunday, the German designer Konstantin Grcic introduced a chair for the Finnish company Artek. Running into him midweek, I congratulated him on the piece. “You’ve gotten in touch with your inner girl,” I said.

Mr. Grcic looked surprised. The chair, called Rival, was designed for the gender-neutral territory of the home office. It has neat proportions to fit into modestly sized spaces. And because it is a task chair, it swivels.

But there is no denying that Rival is super cute. Its upholstered seat is shaped like a soup bowl, and its birch legs are planted like a cheerleader’s. One version was shown in bright vermilion.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

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