Seating

Comback Chair

It feels like this chair was on the wait list forever, and now, finally, at last it’s available to purchase here in the US. Before, we linked to the UK retailer Utility, but now Hivemodern carries all three versions: 4 leg, Swivel, and Sled base. The Comback chair is Patricia Urquiola’s updated version of the classic Windsor chair, with a single mold plastic form for functionality and bright colors to make it thoroughly modern.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $540.00 - 720.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Air Stools

The Air Stool was meant to be visually light and understated, and it succeeds at both points thanks to the designer’s skill, of course, and rotation-molded polyethylene, a strong and lightweight material. And yes, it’s plastic, so it can be used indoors or out. Available in four earth-toned colors and two (16″ or 30″) heights.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $430.00
Available from: 2modern

Edge Stackable Chair

One glance at all the surface planes on this aluminum chair and it’s easy to see how it was inspired by the art of origami. Sure, it doesn’t fold (like some other aluminum chairs) but considering the nice profile we’ll settle for the stackable option. Each chair takes around eight hours to manufacture- that helps explain the price tag- and can be used indoors or out. An optional seat pad is also available.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $629.00
Available from: Horne

Stool One vs. Kaysa

It seems like everyone has an opinion on knock-offs these days, and personally, I always sympathize with the original designer. In my own home, we save up for the licensed versions of whatever piece we love, but I do realize that many people just can’t afford to do so and will sacrifice provenance and, at times, quality for a similar look. Which brings us to the matter at hand: Konstantin Grcic’s Stool One vs. the Kaysa Bar Stool.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $798.00 for two
Available from: Hive Modern

The Camp Chair

Whether you use this chair for an actual camping trip or just as an extra seat around the house, you’ll no doubt be pleased with its materials and hardware. It holds up to 350lbs and collapses completely to packable/stackable dimensions (18 x 5 x 21″), and if you’d prefer a stool, just fold the back down over the seat (see image below).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Best Made Company

Lockwood Chair by Misewell

Remember this chair from Misewell? Thought it might be time for a reminder post, as there’s been a price adjustment since 2010. With a wood seat and steel back, comfort doesn’t spring to mind, but apparently this chair is quite comfortable, even without the optional felt back pad. Plus, it’s supposed to ensure good posture, which pretty much all of us could benefit from.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $510.00
Available from: Misewell

Lucinda Stacking Chair

Sometimes a simple café chair is all you need, especially if you’re on a tight budget. This powdercoated iron chair can live indoors or out and stacks to save space. For $70 you could do a whole lot worse, that’s for sure. Choose between a hi-gloss white or the very brave, bright orange.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.95
Available from: CB2

Delta Stool

This stool seems to reference the prevalent wire base legs of the mid century, and indeed, its three large hairpin legs give structure to the modern day design. No hardware or adhesives are used, as the legs interlock for strength. Use as extra seating or as a side table anywhere you need an additional surface.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $389.00
Available from: Horne

Stool 60, Anniversary Edition

If you get a little heart flutter anytime anyone mentions Alvar Aalto, you might just need to add a special anniversary edition of the Stool 60 to your furniture collection. The two pictured above and the variations below are colorful alternatives to the original birch version ($260). Info and links below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $390.00
Available from: YLiving

Smith Storage Cart

Yes, we posted this years ago (2008!), but this multipurpose unit is still pretty impressive. It serves as a detachable file cabinet, a stool, a rolling cart and, in multiples, even stackable shelves. It’s also recyclable once the plastic wheels are removed, though for the price, you’d be better off selling it to a fellow design aficionado.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $690.00
Available from: Surrounding

This Stool Rocks

Would you like to back another Kickstarter campaign? How about a ready-to-assemble rocking stool? Three options allow for three different rocking motions, and, best of all, the stools can be made in a city close to you and shipped with minimal charge- instead of overseas. And, if you want to make the stool yourself (and have access to a CNC machine), you can download the CAD file for free.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Bdoja Chair

Hmm, what’s this? A big ball of yarn? Not quite, though on first glance the assumption is understandable. It’s a chair hand-knitted with cotton cord by a group of women of Mexican-descent in Los Angeles, California. Amaya Gutierrez, the designer, works with this team to produce textiles inspired from her home town in Oaxaca, Mexico. Gutierrez aims for style and durability in all of her products with hopes it will limit further consumption in future years. A worthwhile goal, for sure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,800.00
Available from: Komai

Drum Poufs

Poufs with trays! That’s just what we never knew we needed. Without the tray, it serves as an excellent spot for resting your feet and/or extra seating, and with the tray, it’s a functional side table or an impromptu in-front-of-the-tv dining surface. Keep in mind that the trays are sold separately and can be used anywhere as well- so don’t be afraid to pull it into the dining room if you need a big tray to shuttle things back and forth from the kitchen. Available in High or Wide.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00 - 509.00
Available from: DWR

Milking Stool by UM Project

It’s a little dreary outside, and a Monday at that, so a jolt of color is called for. Available in black, grey, white, teal, yellow, saffron and pink, this Milking Stool by UM Project could be extra seating or a side table, your call. It is intended to follow the proportions of a classic milking stool- lower legs and a narrow footprint- but if you prefer a sturdier option, it looks like they have an alternate version in the Holy Stool.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Available from: Vertigo Home

Hitch Peacock Blue Stool

Glossy peacock blue might just be the jolt of color that’s needed for the semi-dreary days of February, and hey, an extra seat for $170 is reasonably affordable considering it’s made of iron and acacia wood. It certainly won’t get wobbly or fall apart, which is more than you can say for other assembly-required seating. A small cutout in the seat makes it easy to move around.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: CB2