Eight design stars, no matched suites. That's the idea behind Bernhardt's striking Global Edition.

New York City--based Bernett, founder of the design consultancy CDS, said he wanted his lounge chair, suspended over a stainless-steel swivel base, to "sit well and be a graceful and elegant seating solution for both commercial and residential settings." $1,400

The Barcelona team of Alberto Lievore, Jeanette Altherr, and Manel Molina wanted to create a stool that appeared spatially weightless--just three loops and two legs. The rotating seat, in walnut, fabric, or leather, is meant to be discreet, "just like the barman who listens to everything and says nothing." $700

Behar, founder of the San Francisco studio fuseproject, created the sculpturally expressive Fly bench out of two triangular stainless-steel shapes combined at their apex for structural integrity. "It's about tension, a walnut plank lifted effortlessly in mid-air." $1,500

Pepe Garcia, Alberto Martinez, and Lucia del Portillo, of Spain's CuldeSac, say their design is visually "all connected. If you drew this chair on a piece of paper, your pen would never leave the page." Carved from solid maple. Available in fabric ($700) or leather ($800).

The London team of Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson set out to create an "honest piece of design that combined a high-tech seating dish with high comfort." The result: technical complexity merged with visual simplicity. Available in red, orange, black, and white. $250

French architect Biecher wanted to design something simple that responded to the weight of the body in it. He used thin legs, so the chair would appear to float, and shaped them like triangles "because they are sharp shapes, very elegant." $1,000