If you’ve priced office furniture recently, you know that it can be pretty expensive. It almost makes you a little sympathetic toward politicians who get in trouble for spending the equivalent to an average American’s yearly salary on renovating their office space. (Almost.)
If you’re reeling from your research, we have some info that will make you feel better. Below are the three most expensive pieces of office furniture ever, plus some awesomely cheap alternatives that will look just as good.
1. Spiral Desk from Parnian Furniture: $200,000
You read that right: $200,000. This custom-made desk was created by Parnian Furniture Design & Manufacturing of Scottsdale, Arizona. It boasts six different kinds of wood, including ebony and something called Carpathian elm, which is obviously what Dracula’s office furniture is made of.
Alternative: Kittinger Partners Desk, $18,500. Have you ever wanted to sit at the president’s desk? Now you can. At 50 percent off the normal price, this Kittinger desk gives you a rare opportunity to have the same fancy office furniture as the commander-in-chief for much, much less.
2. Pininfarina’s Aresline Xten, $1.5 million
If you won the lottery, you might be able to afford this office chair, which was designed by Pininfarina, an Italian car design company that also designs Ferraris and Cadillacs. At 1.5 million bucks, this chair costs more than most racecars, but does not, sadly, come with an internal combustion engine and cup holders. If it did, we might consider buying one, but until then, no sale.
Alternative: New Traditional Banker’s Chair, $449.
Just as snazzy as any car-inspired chair, this brand-new beauty comes in either burgundy or black and features a tufted seat back and decorative nail trim. We think it’s even comfier than Pininfarina’s Aresline Xten, and it’s definitely way cheaper. You can always paint a racing stripe on it yourself.
3. Yves St. Laurent’s Dragons Guest Chair, $27.9 million
This spooky-looking chair used to belong to Yves St. Laurent, and was sold at auction in 2009 for $27.9 million. It was designed by Irish designer Eileen Gray between 1917 and 1919. We can’t decide whether it’s the most awesome guest chair ever, or the worst. Anyway, you wouldn’t have to worry about people hanging around your office for long if they had to sit in a chair with horns. That’s the sort of thing that tends to make visitors nervous. Although maybe it would be a good set piece for the Halloween party.
Alternative: Elegant Steelcase Wood Frame Guest Chair, $175
If you’re looking for an elegant desk chair, sans horns, this Steelcase chair is the perfect choice for you. It has a contoured shape and decorative nail trim, and comes to us from one of the most venerable and dependable office furniture companies in the world. It’s also $27 million-plus cheaper. That gives you a lot of leftover cash to use on Halloween decorations.