1. In the Hot Seat

Nothing beats the athletic comfort of a round-bottomed fiberglass chair upholstered in Argentinean leather. Sit, lie, rock, or fold, and the seat moves with you. Placentero chair, $3,200,

2. Bio Pick

The 22-pound Le Corbusier le Grand is a monograph on one of the most illustrious architects of the 20th century. The volume features thousands of photographs of his buildings, plans, and writings, plus essays by noted architectural critics. Le Corbusier le Grand, $200, Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660,

3. Sounding Board

Designer Singgih Kartono uses sustainably grown wood from his native Indonesia for this retro-looking radio that plays MP3s. Organic meets high-tech, yielding an objet d’art that sounds as real as it looks. Magno wooden radio, $250,

4. Creative Riding

Made in Watertown, this carbon-fiber road bike was developed by Seven Cycles and loved by bikers for its light yet stiff frame and vibration-dampening qualities. Seven V-II, starting at $6,500, Landry’s Bicycles, 890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-232-0446,

5. Sitting Pretty

Finnish design empire Marimekko continues to pursue its own aesthetic, eschewing trends. This cheerful cotton fabric, of course, is timeless. Kirsikka upholstery fabric, $42 per yard, Marimekko, 350 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-2800,

6. Periodic(al) Table

This is recycling for real: A table made using papier-mâché techniques combines shredded magazines with nontoxic adhesives. Made by hand in Africa, the Love table heralds a new, hardcore eco-friendly attitude among Italian designers. Love table, $1,177, Showroom, 240 Stuart St., Boston,

7. Foam Meets Function

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka serves up this leather slice of heaven, made of CFC-free polyurethane foam on a sturdy steel frame. 347 Heaven chair, starting at $5,925, Montage, 75 Arlington St., Boston, 617-451-9400,