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Elan Sofa

Grace Sofa in Dakar White Upholstery with Light Gray Frame by Paolo Grasselli
By Paolo Grasselli, Saba Italia
Located in Brooklyn, NY
. Geometric patterns materialize and metal lines trace circles through the air in an artistic élan that is
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

Materials

Iron

Dakota Jackson "Eland" Round Mahogany Side Table
By Dakota Jackson
Located in Van Nuys, CA
the phonetic mate and French synonym "elan." Measurements: Height: 24.5" X 24" Diameter United
Category

1990s American End Tables

Materials

Mahogany

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Coffee Table Mushroom Model by Studio Superego, Italy
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Located in Milan, Italy
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Modular and Customizable Sofa 'Lapis' E019 'many layouts and fabrics available'
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Located in Paris, IDF
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Organic Modern Sofas

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Modular and Customizable Sofa 'Lapis' E027 'Many Layouts and Fabrics Available'
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Unopiu' Manta Parasol Collection
By Unopiù
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Unopiu' Manta Parasol Collection
Unopiu' Manta Parasol Collection
H 157.49 in W 497.64 in D 502.14 in
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By Unopiù
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

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Antique Parasol Cast Iron Floral Grape Vines Motif Base Patio Garden Umbrella
Located in Hyattsville, MD
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Contemporary Utopia Sideboard, Walnut and Silver Handmade for October Gallery
By DRAMA, October Gallery
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Small English Chinoiserie Plate
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Early 20th century French folding metal garden table
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 20th century French folding metal garden table circa 1920. Desirable bare rusted metal top with small parasol hole.  Standing on folding base with traces of original paint. G...
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Early 20th Century French Rustic Industrial and Work Tables

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Modular and Customizable Sofa 'Lapis' 060 'many layouts and fabrics available'
By Emanuel Gargano, Amura
Located in Paris, IDF
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Designer Ralph Lauren Clivendon Tufted Bed Chesterfield Style
By Ralph Lauren
Located in London, GB
comfort and élan of a Chesterfield sofa to a beautifully carved and upholstered bed. The tufted
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2010s American Edwardian Beds and Bed Frames

Materials

Velvet

Restoration Hardware Parisian Linen Upholstered Track Arm Sofa Couch
By Restoration Hardware
Located in Dayton, OH
seats create a relaxed sensibility, while a streamlined silhouette lends polished Elan. Handcrafted in
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Late 20th Century Modern Sofas

Materials

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Restoration Hardware Parisian Linen Upholstered Track Arm Sofa Couch
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Located in Dayton, OH
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Linen

Vladimir Kagan chair and ottoman for Fendi
By Fendi Casa, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
furnished with light colored, white and beige, armchairs and sofas covered with Fendi club house outdoor
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Vladimir Kagan chair and ottoman for Fendi
Vladimir Kagan chair and ottoman for Fendi
H 28.57 in W 35.25 in D 36 in
2000s Cappellini 'Elan' 3 Seater Sofa in Fabric by Jasper Morrison made in Italy
By Jasper Morrison, Cappellini
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an Elan Sofa, originally designed by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini in 1999. This
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Chairs in Ivory Brazilian Cowhide
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
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Materials

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1959 Poul Kjærholm Stool PK-33, Suede Leather by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Amsterdam IJMuiden, NL
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Blue Elan Pouf by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, Italy
By Cappellini, Jasper Morrison
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