Why five sleek modern bar stools are so often seen in kitchens.
Bar stools moved into the kitchen some years ago when counter seating at islands came into vogue. Since then, a set of stools is a must-have — which is why we explored the different Kitchen Stool Style Statements last year. Lately, though, I’ve been noticing at least five modern bar stools appearing again and again in kitchen beauty shots. Whether that’s a result of architects and designers craving consistency or trying to add a contemporary tweak, it’s interesting to see what each has to push it into most-coveted status. As in much of the furniture world, very similar stool looks are available at different price points.
The one I see more than any other is Harry Bertoia’s Wire Stool first designed in 1952 [top and below]. Instantly recognizable from the curved seat and wire grid, this mid-century classic has an especially sculptural look. The designer himself said that “space passes through them,” which is why multiples don’t ever make the kitchen look crowded.
The curved shape of the stool cups the body while the leatherette seat pad acts as a cushion. Another attribute is the wire rod grid which coordinates with other stainless steel surfaces yet makes these durable.
French-style industrial stools with pointy legs and a utilitarian simplicity may be inspired by the work of mid-century furniture master Jean Prouvé. But it’s no doubt color that drove young Portland designer Jessica Helgerson to pick this red metal industrial number for excitement in a chic white kitchen.
Relatively light weight and easy to move by grasping the handle in the seat, this style is especially popular in Europe. The slanted backrest adds a comfort quotient and dresses it up a little as well.
Both the steel gray and slightly darker gunmetal finishes of the basic French Marius or bistro stool turn up often in traditional black and white kitchens. The metallic finish blends into the light-to-dark scheme but, unlike the colored variations, is chosen precisely because it does not stand out.
Whether painted or powder coated, the bistro stool comes come in counter (25-inch) and bar (29 inch) heights and is budget-friendly — for example $80 at lafurniturestore.com.
Like a miniaturized modern sofa, the Eco-leather bar stool has a cushy seat and back plus shiny metal accents. Substantial but still lightly scaled, it reads modern in general and is a great choice to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary.
With a swivel top, adjustable seat height and sturdy foot support, this stool is almost chair-like. It also looks comfortable and inviting.
Minimalist kitchens require no furniture interference. So it’s natural that designers favor the low profile LEM Piston stool which keeps things clean and contemporary. Variations include upholstered and hard-surface seats and finishes that vary from black leather to natural wood.
Tomoko and Shin Azumi’s original model was product of the year in 2000 and is a favorite of architects. With a comfortable foot rest and swivel top, it’s one of the modern bar stools with height adjustable as well.
(Source:lafurniturestore.com, lucyinteriordesign, jhinteriordesign, houseandhome, tuthillarchitecture, alexanderjames)
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Debbie Smith says
The last image is really amazing. I can’t event think of such a weird and unique design for a bar stool. Good. Really good!