Seating

Drifted Stool

If you lack adequate seating in your living or work quarters, do take a long look at this stool designed by Lars Beller. A gently curved cork seat (sustainably harvested, of course) makes for a comfortable spot to rest your derrière and the legs are painted a nice, rich red. If you’re interested in other sizes or colors, the Italian furniture manufacturer Discipline is where you’ll want to investigate options. Also, designboom has several nice photos of the collection, fyi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $205.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Rest Two-Seater Sofa

Now that the fiscal cliff has been averted, let’s celebrate by buying a new sofa. You sit it in practically everyday, so it’s just as important as your car, right? It’ll be your first sound investment for 2013. DWR is having their Living Room Sale, and that means you can save 15% off their various seating and lighting options. The Rest Two-Seater Sofa catches the eye for its compact proportions and super soft, feather-filled cushions. And, good news for those of us with pets and/or kids, the cushion covers are removable for cleaning. Hooray!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,055.75- 3,650.75

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Available from: DWR

Imo Folding Stool

I’ve seen this in person and it truly is a lovely little stool. Perfect for tight spots, it folds down the middle so that it can be stored easily on the wall and free up valuable floor space. It’s not the least expensive stool, of course, but the craftsmanship is entirely apparent.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $421.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Cork Family

Lest we forget, Jasper Morrison’s Cork Family is a smart choice for any living area. Each piece could be a side table or stool and is light enough to move around easily. Cork is also pretty tough, so you wouldn’t need to be too precious with keeping it away from kids. Available in 3 different styles (and yes, they’re priced individually).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $445.00
Available from: Vertigo Home

Pilot Stool

Quinze & Milan’s Pilot Stool is notable not only for its curved (and seemingly comfortable) seat, but also for its new method of fabrication. Polypropylene foam is utilized in a special manufacturing technique (see below video) to create a glossy-yet-matte surface. The oak legs thread onto the seat, making the stool easy to ship and assemble. Available in three different height variations: standard, kitchen, and bar.
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Price: $370.00
Available from: Gessato

ErgoErgo

You know how a Yoga/Fitness Ball is supposed to be better for you to sit on because it engages your core muscles? That’s all fine, but they’re a little unsightly for some interiors, not to mention huge when in a small office space. Therein lies the market for the ErgoErgo: it allows for the same sitting experience in a more acceptable stool design. The body can rock gently in any direction, and, as the ErgoErgo is filled with air, the height may be adjusted slightly to accommodate your preference.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: ErgoErgo

Pi.iii Pouffes

With a little craftiness and a sewing machine, it’s entirely possible that you could replicate these Pi.iii Pouffes at home. If you possess neither craftiness nor a sewing machine, you’ll be interested to know that these pouffes are designed and handmade by Glasgow-based upholsterer Eleanor Young (aka Fun Makes Good), and look to be entirely worth the overseas shipping (if you don’t reside in the UK). Several designs are available, and you may also purchase the pouffes through Fun Makes Good Shop on Etsy.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £120.00
Available from: Howkapow

OW150 Daybed

Let’s just pretend that we have space for a daybed, and budget enough to not blink an eye at the price tag of the OW150. Any guess as to who the designer is? Put your deerstalker hat on and connect the dots: OW150 = OW = Ole Wanscher. Ole Wanscher, whose furniture “exudes underplayed elegance and is it timeless, classic and thoroughly modern at one and the same time.
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Price: $2,276.00
Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe

Aluminum Eiffel Stool

First off, the $150 price is for the kid-sized version, but, that said, $225 isn’t too bad of a price for an aluminium (or, as us Americans would say, aluminum) stacking stool. The Eiffel stool can easily live indoors or out, and do check out the image below of the stools stacked 5 high (space saving!), and see if that doesn’t impress you the tiniest bit more.
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Price: $150.00 - 225.00
Available from: Design Public

Knitted Yoga Ball

How about a little crazy thrown into your modern mix? There’s a theory floating around that adding a little strangeness or ‘ugly’ to an interior makes it more interesting. Agree or disagree? Either way, this Knitted Yoga Ball is not a typical choice. At its core is a functional yoga ball, so you could use it for your stretch routines or as an extra seating option or footrest. Created by Texas artist Magda Sayeg (Knitta) and Australian design comapny Page Thirty Three, each knitted sleeve is made from upcycled rugs and throws.
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Price: $395.00 - 440.00
Available from: Page Thirty Three

milk stools by alissia melka-teichroew

You might know Alissia Melka-Teichroew for her acrylic rings or the Inside Out glassware from a while ago, and now you can add this off-kilter stool to her list of successes. Would you have guessed she was inspired by crooked slats in a picket fence? By combining the asymmetry of the fence with the irregularity of the old-fashioned one-legged milk stool, she arrived at this sturdy and expressive design.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Unica Home

Krone Hanssen Wood Stubbe Poufs

Why would you want big chunks of wood in your home? Who knows, maybe you’re a bit crazy. However, soft poufs covered with a a photo wood stump print are completely understandable, and, in some cases, recommended. Use these poufs as an ottoman, stool, or side table (they’re supposedly pretty sturdy).

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Price: $260.00 - 350.00
Available from: Huset

Spin Stool, Colors

Simon posted the stackable Spin Stool by Swedese back in May, and now that it’s available in a handful of fresh and lovely colors it’d be a shame not to shine a light on them again. Made from laminated ash veneer, the Spin Stool now comes in grey, yellow, pink, orange, and blue.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £254.00
Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe

Ru Chair

This chair isn’t new, in fact, it’s been around for a couple of years, but for some reason we’ve missed featuring it. Designed by Shane Schneck for Hay, this chair has a cantilever design that allows for easy stacking. Perhaps more impressively, the lack of two front legs means the seat of the chair can be suspended on a table for easy floor cleaning (see image at designboom). A cross lamination layering pattern gives the Ru Chair “exceptional” strength.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Poet Stool

This Poet Stool by Misewell might be a tad expensive, but goodness, once you take a look at the construction, you begin to understand why. The three legs are connected to the seat by mortise and tenon joints, which, if you’re not aware, is both a simple and strong joint that needs to be cut exactly to specification. Steel connects each leg, further strengthening the structure and providing a perfect ledge to rest your feet. Handmade and assembled in Milwaukee.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $620.00
Available from: Misewell