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August 21, 2015

Stools offer streamlined seating options for a variety of interior spaces, including kitchens and dining rooms, living rooms, and even offices. Here are ten of our favorite modern stools, and be sure to check out more versatile options at the Dwell Store

Indoor/outdoor stool with angled frame

Crafted in polypropylene, the Miura Stool can be used both indoors and out, and is recyclable. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, the stool features a slightly sloped seat that is designed to accommodate the natural position of a sitter’s legs. 

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Barstool with leather and textile braided seat

The Braided Barstool from Boston-based Debra Folz marries simple woodcrafts with traditional leather weaving techniques. Each stool is designed and cut to accommodate the distinct geometry of each textile weave used. 

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Simple stool with origami-inspired seat

From Brooklyn-based Souda, the Mitre Stool is at once simple and complex, harnessing a basic form with unexpected visual details. Constructed in hard maple wood, the stool includes four slightly flared legs and an angular seat. 

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Pedeatal style cork stool from Vitra

Conceptual designer Jasper Morrison designed the Cork Stool family for Vitra in 2004. Each stool is shaped from a substantial piece of pressed agglomerate cork for a sculptural look with a surprising lightweight feel. Cork Stool C has a round top and a pedestal base, and can be used as a side table, nightstand, or extra seating. 

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Stool inspired by motorcycle seat

The Biker Stool from Castor is an innovative and sculptural seat that is available at both chair and bar heights. Inspired by the geometry of a motorcycle seat, the stool’s seat features a curved and angled silhouette.

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Simple stool with thougtfully sloped seat

From New Zealand–based Resident, the Tangerine Stool is crafted from solid oak, but it is lightweight and has a streamlined look. In contrast with the light wood finish, the Tangerine Stool features steel crossbars that can also be used as foot rests. 

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Streamlined stool with contrasting footrest

The Sprig Stools from Council are defined by simplicity of design and minimalist silhouettes. Designed by Chad Wright, the Sprig Stool is available as a counter stool or bar stool making it a great option for a kitchen counter, bar, or high top table.

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Classic Artek Stool 60 in modern edition

Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933, the classic Artek Stool 60 is considered the definition of functionalist furniture design. The Hella Jongerius Edition of the stool recasts Aalto’s classic design with colorful seats and legs in different wood finishes, ranging from metallic silver to a rich walnut color. 

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Bauhaus-inspired bar stool with seat back

An homage to Bauhaus functionalism, the Afteroom Barstool is stripped from unnecessary elements, celebrating a minimal, clean form. Despite its spare silhouette, the stool remains a comfortable seat that expertly blends formed wood and steel. 

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Portable weighted stool with colored seat

Designed to accommodate modern, mobile working environments, the Buoy Stool is designed to with function in mind. Weighing only 20 pounds and with a built-in handle, Buoy can travel anywhere in the office environment or around a home.

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Indoor/outdoor stool with angled frame

Crafted in polypropylene, the Miura Stool can be used both indoors and out, and is recyclable. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, the stool features a slightly sloped seat that is designed to accommodate the natural position of a sitter’s legs. 

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