“Love the profile of this seat! So comfy. And unlike a beanbag chair, it doesn’t lose its shape.” —Laura Bohn. Roo lounge with removable cotton paper–yarn cover and polyester, foam, and silicone-fiber filling by Woodnotes. Björk wool-cotton rug in light gray with leather trim by Design House Stockholm. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“These stools have an archetypal presence. They bring personality to a space via their scale and proportion, while the colors work in any modern environment. (Plus, the red one matches my Doc Martens!)” —Gisue Hariri. Apel ottomans upholstered in Felt in flame, Fundamental leather in paper white, and Plain II wool-polyamide in moss by Bernhardt Design. Maisema cotton in 046 by Marimekko Corporation. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“I like how this stool’s strict geometry and the variegated wood grain play off one another. The form is architectural yet earthy…and doesn’t take itself too seriously.” —Brad Ford. Parquet stools in Douglas fir with oiled finish by Jason Lees Design. Ekahi rayon-cotton blend in hibiscus by S. Harris. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“Alvar Aalto’s pieces are the ultimate in furniture design. I was happy to see that Artek has developed his 1930s classic into the more whimsical Rocket stool.” —Ali Tayar. Rocket stool in black-lacquered oak and Stool 60 in red-lacquered birch by Artek. circle 470 Horizon paper yarn–cotton rug in stone yellow by Woodnotes. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“The details attract notice, such as footrests at various heights, which are comfortable for sitters of varying statures—like us.” —Dag Folger and Brad Zizmor. Forest chrome-plated steel stools upholstered in Plain II wool-polyamide in moss and Felt in flame by Bernhardt Design. Deconstructed Rose polyester-cotton blend in Vivid by Maharam. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“While primary seating should be about comfort, auxiliary seating like stools and ottomans can be more playful and sculptural. That’s why I like these: They’re beautiful objects you can also sit on.” —Paul Siskin. Kieran turned, hard-carved stumps in bleached maple and walnut by BDDW. Akara Falls rayon-polyester in Coral Reef by S. Harris. Photo by Paul Godwin.
Luis ottoman in gray oak and chrome by B&B Italia. Ipsilon spessart-oak table by Poliform. Dot stool with steel legs and painted beech seat in orange by Fritz Hansen. Meduse painted metal stools in white, black with magenta wool cushion, and black by Property. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“Although a pink pouf is normally outside my comfort zone, this one’s geometry and boldness contrast nicely with my black-and-white aesthetic.” —David Ling. Freeflow pouf in Kvadrat’s Divina 626 pink felted wool over polyurethane foam, polyester fiberfill, and hardwood seat with steel base and aluminum feet by Moroso. Unikko cotton in 336 by Marimekko Corporation. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“We love this seat’s purity of form. Its ancient yet modern quality reminds us of a Brancusi sculpture.” —Jayne and Joan Michaels. Kreoo’s Pavé Stone seating with Bianco Estremoz marble base, aged larch top, and polished stainless-steel post by Decormarmi. Random vinyl in Radicchio by Maharam. Photo by Paul Godwin.
“I love the Jedi’s simplicity and overall sleekness. It can tuck under a desk or take the place of a side table in an office. Although it’s mobile, the three legs make it stable. And you can sit on it or straddle it like a pony.” —Carl D’Aquino. Jedi ottoman in polyurethane-painted MDF with seat in faux leather over polyurethane-foam filling by Dune. Kuiskaus cotton in 190 by Marimekko Corporation. Photo by Paul Godwin.