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Allstar chair by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

With its rounded edges and chunky plastic arms, this is the safety scissors of chairs—in a chic way. The fuzzy wool upholstery comes in a dozen bright colors, so you can mix and match. $1,100; vitra.com

X table by Kibisi for Holmris

This sleek desk relies on the same design principle as your grandmother’s ironing board. Use the hand crank to raise or lower it to whatever height is comfortable. $1,600; suiteny.com

Flo desk lamp by Foster + Partners for Lumina

The LED bulbs in this long-stemmed lamp can be dimmed for softer lighting as needed. $780; m2l.com

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Active Duty mobile bookcase by Heartwork

These petite bookcases easily roll, even when full. They double as room dividers, which come in handy in flexible workspaces. $455; heartwork.com

Color Wheel ottoman by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller

Girard designed this piece in 1967, a time when he thought offices were getting “more inviting.” He turned out to be ahead of his time: The ottoman went out of production a year later, only to be given a splashy reissue in 2014. $2,100; hermanmiller.com

Arlo sofa by Most Modest for High Tower

A long, squishy sofa encourages colleagues to make themselves comfortable. This one also comes in a high-backed version to provide extra peace and quiet. $3,250; hightoweraccess.com

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BuzziShade by Stal Collectief for BuzziSpace

This comically large felt-covered lamp would brighten up any workplace. Bonus: The soft fabric absorbs reverb, which makes it great for echo-y open-plan offices. $1,724; yliving.com

Patch acoustic panels by Stokke Austad for GU

Channel the tranquility of the Arctic with these gorgeous noise-damping panels, made with textured wool from a 120-year-old Norwegian mill. $1,000; gu.no

Pilot chair by Barber Osgerby for Knoll

The pillowy back and seat of this desk chair flex to suit the sitter. Upholstered or stainless steel arms are optional. Price on request; knoll.com

Pix Pouf by Ichiro Iwasaki for Arper

Use this graceful pouf as a side table, an inviting seat for guests, or simply a late-afternoon meditation spot. Choose from seven size options, the largest of which seats five. From $762; arper.com 

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