by: Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
March 8, 2016
March 8, 2016
KM: There’s something feminine about this shape, the petite metal frame with those gorgeous curves. I love the contrast with the rugged natural-leather seat. Did you see the wonderful stitching on the seat bottom?
GG: Yes, that’s a nice surprise. The seat’s caramel color works so well against the white frame. I’d use this in the sleek kitchen of a downtown loft.
13″ w. x 15″ d. x 30.5″ h.; $650;totokaelo.com
KM: I like the fact that this comes in a range of colored stains as well as paint colors—a stain lets the grain of the wood show through. The adjustable seat back is fabulous.
GG: I agree—the seat back is engineered in such a way that not only does it tilt back and forth, but a knob allows you to lower or raise it for the perfect fit. And the little detail on the foot rail is great. I’ll take one!
18″ w. x 21″ d. x 42″ h.; $720;oandgstudio.com
GG: What a seat shape! It’s totally unexpected. And it’s repeated in the curves at the bottom of the frame. Wicker always brings an organic, textural element to a room.
KM: Very beautiful. This one is extremely comfortable to sit on, too. It’s easy to get in and out of, because you can support yourself on those uplifted edges. That’s not always true of a barstool.
22.5″ w. x 15″ d. x 32″ h.; $965; cappellini.it
KM: This stool makes me think of an artist’s studio. It feels a little industrial, too. And because the seat height adjusts, you could use this in so many different places. Hey, for $40, why not?
GG: I would never think this was from Ikea. The metal of the footrest and the seat’s spool make it feel very sturdy. This has got to be the best barstool ever for 40 bucks.
14.5″ w. x 19.5″ d. x 25–29″ h.; $40; ikea-usa.com
GG: This is surprisingly comfortable—the vinyl cords support you nicely. Plus, it’s versatile. The seat comes in lots of colors, and you can get the steel frame in black.
KM: Yes, it’s a fun one! I love that it works equally well indoors and out. It transports me to sunny Miami and makes me want to be sipping a yummy drink.
25″ w. x 20″ d. x 45″ h.; $475; propertyfurniture.com
GG: The two double foot rails are such a simple but specific design detail, and really attractive. The green paint just pops. This would look good in a kitchen with some marble.
KM: Very simple, almost Shaker style. At first I was hesitant about the color, but it’s grown on me. It’s strangely neutral and could go pretty much anywhere you would want or need a stool. Plus, the price is great.
15″ w. x 14″ d. x 27″ h.; $360; aplusrstore.com
KM: This is one of my favorites—I’ve used it in lots of projects. The upholstery is c.o.m., so you can juxtapose different fabrics against the smoked-brass finish.
GG: The finish isn’t too shiny, which I like. It feels very solid and it’s lovely how those vertical lines continue all the way up the back. This is intriguing from every angle.
21″ w. x 20.5″ d. x 37″ h.; $1,450; phasedesignonline.com
GG: You don’t see this rose-copper finish often—it warms up the black-leather upholstery details. The little curves at the corners are beautiful. This is architecturally stunning.
KM: Architectural, yet still pretty. It’s a great scale—it’s weighty, which is important, but also nice and slim. It’s sexy even though it’s so structured.
19″ w. x 17″ d. x 41″ h.; $4,690; avenue-road.com
GG: Three legs instead of the usual four—that’s a nice detail. I love the black lacquer against the walnut veneer, with just a hint of metal at the footrest. At this price, it’s a steal.
KM: There’s lots going on here—the lacquer is so sumptuous it almost looks like leather. I like a simple barstool that doesn’t necessarily take over a space, and this one fits the bill.
17″ dia. x 30.5″ h.; $199; boconcept.us
KM: This stool could hold its own in a large room. It’s got presence. And there’s a heft to it—it’s not going to blow away.
GG: Seeing that lattice back as you’re coming into a space would have a big impact.
KM: Yes, that pattern creates a strong visual moment. And the limed oak is gorgeous.
GG: To amp things up, you could switch out the linen seat cover for a more vibrant fabric.
17″ w. x 21″ d. x 46″ h.; $689; bungalow5.com
Claire is the Content Manager at InteriorCrowd. While she was studying Film and Media at Queen's University, she worked as the Photo and Media intern at Dwell Magazine and fell in love with San Francisco's design community. After graduating, she returned home to the Bay Area and joined the team at InteriorCrowd.