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The partners at Brooklyn, N.Y.-based 4-pli made furniture design part of the firm's architectural work from day one. Its gently curving Maeve's Crib is manufactured using birch plywood, MDF, stainless steel, low-VOC milk paint, and water-based polyurethane.

The firm's Ply dresser is constructed from stacked laminated birch plywood, aluminum, and stainless steel and finished with low-VOC milk paint, water-based polyurethane, and Danish oil. The four-drawer piece features recessed ergonomic handles.

Ideal as a stool or side table, the Petal5 has opposite-facing twin legs that allow it to stack five stools high, 4-pli says. Each piece is crafted of natural birch plywood and finished with low-VOC paint and a water-based polyurethane top coat. Available in five colors.

Launched by architect Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, AIA, in 2007, Articolo offers side tables designed by Frattini Magnusson and other architects. This oak and laminate table-a Gianfranco Frattini creation known on the Articolo website as #22-features dovetail joinery. (For more on Articolo, click here).

Designed by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, the #2 Articolo oak veneer side table has hand-carved recessed pulls and solid side panels.

Articolo calls this James Irvine design 'a reinterpretation of the classic trestle table.' Crafted from natural oak, the #29 stands 16 inches tall, with a diameter of 14 inches.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the BCJ Lever 2 to reveal its mechanics and gave it a knurled grip. Reveal Designs manufactures the handle from stainless steel, but custom metals are available.

Designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, the Mercer Lever has a smooth, cylindrical handle for easy gripping. The piece is shown here in oil-rubbed bronze, but Reveal Designs offers it in a variety of metals and woods.

The principals of Marmol Radziner Associates call the firm's furniture division a natural extension of its design/build work. This 96-inch sideboard comes in solid walnut or maple, with concealed hinges and an oil finish.

This Marmol Radziner dresser sits on a blackened or stainless steel base and can be specified in walnut or maple veneer with an oil finish. It measures 84 inches wide.

Marmol Radziner's bedroom collection includes a platform bed made from walnut or maple veneer, with a blackened or stainless steel base. It is available in three sizes: queen, king, and California king.

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