Seating

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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

Recycled Pouf

Random fabric remnants might not fit in perfectly with your color scheme, but nevertheless, this little pouf should get a ribbon for recycling fabric. Maybe you’ll prefer the solid graphite or red color options (or even the soft wool version, $299), but if you don’t mind a bit of everything, go for it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.95
Available from: CB2

Hot Mesh Chair

Another fantastic indoor/outdoor seating option, this chair from Blu Dot features a mesh pattern of powder-coated steel. Perhaps the mesh would keep our backs and bottoms cool when enjoying the out-of-doors? Also, be sure to note these chairs are stackable, and have an affordable price tag to boot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Matégot Nagasaki Stool

$450 for a barstool might just be a little above your budget, but, even so, let’s just spend a moment admiring this barstool designed by Mathieu Matégot . Who’s he? Apparently, he’s the guy that first combined metal tubing with with perforated sheet metal. Thank you Mr. Matégot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $449.00
Available from: Horne

Copper Real Good Chair

Hello, hello. Blu Dot’s Real Good Chair ($139) is now available in a copper plated finish. There’s been a recent popularity of copper accents in the home, and if you’re going to jump on that boat, you might as well be brave about it and get a chair or two (or six). As you probably know, copper patinas naturally, so expect an aged look after you’ve had the chair(s) for a while.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Plywood Void Stool

This isn’t new, but it still is a stand out piece. Designed by Ron Gilad (Designfenzider) in 2003, this stool/end table is quite the thing to have in your home. Leave the space empty and enjoy the inside/outside silhouette or use it for storage- it looks great with books in it.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $420.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

Seating for Eating by Ilse Crawford

Ever since this collection was first shown in 2009, I’ve been waiting to see it show up on a US retailer’s website. Well, look what I just came across: The Future Perfect now carries quite a few pieces, and I dare say it’s been worth the wait.

Ilse Crawford’s spare ‘Seating for Eating’ pieces are contemporary interpretations of traditional seating and she describes them as “reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed”. Perhaps my favorite of the collection is the tall Settle Bench with its high back; it gives a space an intimate feel without blocking light or the view.

Shown above: Bench With Back, $2,195.00
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,195.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Reclaimed Wood Bench

Shall we show a little Etsy love today? If you’re looking for bench, and a reclaimed wood one at that, you need to head on over to the Etsy shop of Dylan Design Company. This 7 ft. bench above is $300, and is made from reclaimed old growth pine (salvaged from old buildings in downtown Baltimore, MD) and solid steel. There’s a few 4′, 5′, and a 6′ bench as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $305.00
Available from: Dylan Design Company's Etsy Shop

Spin Stool by Swedese

Swedish furniture producers Swedese pays homage to the classic Alvar Aalto stacking stools in function and spirit, but with a new spin (get it?) on aesthetics. Many prototypes and experiments resulted in laminated veneer legs bending in two directions, giving the stationary stool a spiraling motion. Spin Stools are made to order with an 8-10 week lead time.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £245.00
Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe