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High/low: Cozy breakfast nook

High/low: Cozy breakfast nook

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High/low: Cozy breakfast nook

This loft breakfast nook was designed for classy or quick budgets. Can you tell the difference?

Our loft-style breakfast nook was ordered up on two different budgets. Can you tell the difference?

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HIGH: $7,481

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1 Panelling, Polyurestone, $465; 2 Pendant light, Union Lighting and Furnishings, $1,110; 3 Artwork, Partial Gallery, $3,400; 4 Chair, CB2, $449; 5 Dining table, IKEA, $269, Top, Keramin Canada, $1,054; 6 Fabric, Tonic Living, $120; 7 Vase, Mobilia, $149; 8 Toss cushion, Tonic Living, $61; 9 Toss cushion, CB2, $35; 10 Wall vase, CB2, $45; 11 Fabric, Kravet Canada, $154; 12 Fabric, Kravet Canada, $153 per yard, Toss cushion insert, IKEA, $8; 13 Coffee dripper & mug, Slash of Blue, $85 US.

 

LOW: $1,974

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1 Wallpaper, Walls Republic, $200 US; 2 Pendant Light, Wayfair.ca, $619; 3 Artwork, Partial Gallery, $196; 4 Chair, Mobilia, $299; 5 Dining table, IKEA, $269; 6 Fabric, Tonic Living, $56; 7 Vase, HomeSense, $25; 8 Toss cushion, Minted, $48 US; 9 Fabric, Len's Mill Store, $12 per yard, Toss cushion insert, IKEA, $8; 10 Vase, The Home Depot, $15, Epoxy, The Home Depot, $10; 11 Fabric, Kravet Canada, $92; 12 Toss cushion, Minted, $48 US; 13 Coffee dripper, Hand and Fire, $70 US, Mug, CB2, $7.

 

Create a room like these with a couple of key elements — like cantilevered chairs and round drop lights. Here, we're rounding up the best options of the two must-haves at various price points.

Cantilevered chairs speak of Modernist design and industrial elements, neat and airy silhouettes, and that fine balance between form and function. Although celebrated architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and designer Lilly Reich’s MR50 chair of 1929-30 (better known as the Brno, named for the location of the Czech villa it was originally designed to inhabit) has reached icon status, it was not the first of its kind. Our High and Low cantilevered chairs also borrow from the B33 piece designed by Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer in 1926, Dutch architect and furniture designer Mart Stam’s 1926 S33 chair and Mies van der Rohe’s MR10 and MR20 chairs of 1927. Whatever their lineage, these beautifully proportioned and surprisingly supportive seats are still an elegant addition to any design lover’s space.

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The inspiration

Knoll dyed leather Brno Flat Bar chair with armpads and chrome- plated steel frame, Design Within Reach, $3,190.

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Kravitz Design dyed leather Rake Black Nickel chair with gunmetal-plated steel frame, CB2, $449.

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Low

Leather Adam chair in Black with chrome legs, Mobilia, $299.

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Trendy drop lights are all very nice, but for a look that goes with any decorating aesthetic, a globe-style pendant is the classic choice. Available at virtually every price point, these sleek beauties will always be hanging around.

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Balls & chains

Patinated brass Fuller in Natural Brass with clear glass shade, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., $469 US.

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Balls & chains

Mark Daniel brass-plated iron and frosted glass Globe, CB2, $379.

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High or low: Lofty, chic breakfast nook

Balls & chains

Cast aluminum 20th C. Factory Filament CafeĢ in Aged Steel with clear glass shade, RH Restoration Hardware, $129 US.

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High or low: Lofty, chic breakfast nook

Balls & chains

Canvas chrome and glass Eva, Canadian Tire, $60.

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