Move Over, Eames: Reissued Furniture Classics Are Stealing the Spotlight

Trading Places - Reissues that can sub in for overused greats.

A More-Startling Sofa” Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa Also back in production is this 1950 couch (top) by Mel Smilow, designer and co-owner of the Smilow-Thielle chain of midcentury furniture, which closed in 1981. It has the enduring appeal of the Florence Knoll sofa (inset, bottom) yet feels less predictable. Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa, $12,600, Suite NY, 212-421-3300