For practical modern pieces with a whole lot of presence, Blu Dot rarely disappoints. Here are some of our favorite picks from their spring collection. All available at I.D., 3337 N. Halsted St., 773-755-4343;

Son of a Bench
Rubber-coated steel; 54 inches long, 16 inches high, $1,299


Powder-coated steel modular shelving, comprised of multiple blocks (tall and short) and shelves (47 and 81 inches long). Horizontal design (right), $1,634; vertical (left), $1,862 (available in August)


Dwell Chair
Designed by Ralph Rapson; vinyl mesh over a stainless steel frame, $999