Back before real jobs and grown-up life, top of my shopping list at flea markets and junk stores was stools. They technically qualified as furniture but could be found for less than $10. Each one has a personality all its own. One of my favorites is an old milking stool that makes me smile just to look at it. Its seat is chunky and strong and looks to have been whittled by one very angry dairy farmer. But its long, almost elegant legs have become shaky and splayed with age. Only the slightest child can sit on it without being toppled. Here are a handful of interiors that feature stools followed by a selection of old and new varieties available for purchase. Many multi-task as occasional tables, while others are striking for their charm and good looks. But just like the right earrings for your favorite top, stools add that little "yes!" to a room's arrangment of furnishings.
CLOCKWISE STARTING LEFT, petrified wood stools, ABC Home & Carpet; lucite Stone Stool by Marcel Wanders via MoMAstore; wood block stools, ABC Home & Carpet; wood Hourglass via VintageModern; lucite stool/magazine rack, Karim Rashid; Organic Stool, Inside Avenue
LEFT, S. Russell Groves; CENTER + RIGHT, my apologies — source unknown
All stools, Vitra; BOTTOM LEFT, Sori Yanagi, 1954; BOTTOM RIGHT, The Cork Family by Jasper Morrison, 2004