Lucy counter stool by Gaurav Nanda for Bend, $440
A powder-coated wire frame means ultimate flexibility—the frame bends with the body and the finish can withstand the outdoors.
Stool_One by Konstantin Grcic for Magis, $838 for a set of two
One of the most recognizable and emblematic pieces of early-aughts furniture design, Grcic’s die-cast aluminum stool is not just iconic, it’s comfy.
Four Seasons bar stool by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, $2,169
If cantilevered chrome is chic enough for New York City’s Seagram Building, just imagine how mod it will make your home bar look.
Merano bar stool by Alex Gufler for Ton, from $400
Ton, an offshoot of Michael Thonet’s 19th-century bentwood factory, introduces an au courant counter-height chair with a bent plywood back and no screws.
Black leather bar stool by Giron, $795
A hand-tooled leather seat made in Paraguay tops a carbon-colored iron frame for a blacked-out palette that’s both timeless and of the moment.