How to pick the perfect stool for your kitchen, bar or game room?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Wrong height, too wide, wobbly and uncomfortable may be some of the problems that send people in search of a replacement stool for their kitchen counter, bar area and even game room. To steer the selection process in the right direction, it is important to note a few very important details that can serve as possible filters and eventually help select the perfect stool.

First, you need to identify whether you need a counter or bar height stool. Most popular collections like Filly stool by Bonaldo and Cindy stool by Cattelan Italia offer the same stool in both heights which makes the choosing process unencumbered. If placing stools around the kitchen counter, then their seat height should be 24-29 inches while a bar height stool should have seat height that ranges from 30-36 inches.

Filly Too Stool by Bonaldo

Filly Too Stool by Bonaldo

Another element to consider when selecting the perfect modern bar stool is whether it should be swivel and height adjustable. This plays a big role particularly in multipurpose areas that require a more flexible solution. For example, in a game room where the action can be spectated from different directions, the swiveling functionality can be very useful while height adjustable mechanism can serve family members with drastically different heights. Some height adjustable stools can also be lowered to a dining chair height and can be reused as additional dining chairs. Some of the most popular examples of height adjustable stools include the Toto stool by Cattelan Italia which is very modern and sleek while the Club stool by Costantini Pietro serves the more transitionally decorated spaces with its button-tufted design.

Toto stool by Cattelan Italia

Toto stool by Cattelan Italia

Lastly, stools that are chosen should be comfortable, but also flow with the rest of the decor. Whether they need to match the dining chairs nearby or the materials of the kitchen cabinets, the stools of choice should be consistent. In fact, many stools are now part of larger collections that also include dining chairs for this exact reason. Take the very vast Isabel collection by Cattelan Italia that includes dining chairs as well as stools that can either be entirely upholstered or have metal legs to coexist with the metal surfaces around them. But if it’s wooden surfaces that is needed to match then collections like Arcadia and Magda both offer dining and stool options with wooden finished frames.

Magda dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Magda dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Magda stool by Cattelan Italia

Magda stool by Cattelan Italia

Debunking the myths of comfortable dining chairs

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Comfort is vital and probably surpasses the design factor when it comes to usability of a dining chair. And yet, comfort is not a forgone conclusion when it’s associated with modern dining chairs in the kitchen or the formal dining space. Especially because many decisions are made with key factor being WHAT the dining chairs look like, rather than HOW comfortable they are. This, in addition to misconceptions related to comfort, creates the need to debunk some of these myths.

Myth #1 – The size of the chair is suggestive of its comfort level. It is a myth because a smaller scale dining chair like Filly chair by Bonaldo offers proper back angle, sturdy steel frame and high density, crush-proof padding, with a conveniently removable cover and lots of upholstery choices.

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Myth #2 – The more padded the chair, the more comfortable it is. Yet another myth which ignores the type of padding used in the construction process which cannot be isolated to a visually test only. Isabel, Sofia and Tosca dining chairs by Cattelan Italia all share the same seat and back designs albeit different legs and all represent the most comfort instilling dining solutions in modern design. Yet, if compared on how padded they are to heavier looking padded chairs, they will fail the optical comfort assessment.

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

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Converting mundane objects into modern furniture

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Modern design is all about reinventing the ordinary in the most unexpected fashion.  Such is the case with the good, old clothes hanger.  A familiar object with clear utility was transformed into a minimalistic chair that is made from nothing more than clothes hangers and steel closet rods.  An eye-catchy, colorful and fun seating solution, the Coat Check chair is unexpectedly comfortable because of the hangers’ flexible plastic while the nature of its materials offers enormous degree of customization in terms of color and pattern.  Designed by Continuum, Coat Check chair inspires a sense of organization in the daily routine and is a great addition in dormitories, children’s rooms, home entryways and even clothing boutiques.

Coat Check chair by Continuum

Coat Check chair by Continuum

Coat Check chair by Continuum

Modern furniture made of recycled pine wood

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Normally, chopped pine wood would never be a contender for public place sculptures or sold out art exhibitions.  Unless, these unwanted pine wood pieces have been transformed by Jae Hyo Lee, a Korean artist with a great deal of respect for the environment and an imagination that knows no boundaries.  Translating the innate nature of wood into a hand crafted piece of art or modern furniture element is something that is both simple and ingenious, infusing recycling with powerful creativity.

Recycled pine wood installation

Recycled pine wood sculpture by Jae Hyo Lee

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Designer Wire Frame Creations

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Wire frames have become increasingly popular in today’s modern furniture world as designers search for innovative techniques to create minimalistic products with industrial design inclination.  Using wires denotes a sense of purity on the product, allowing its form and function to define its spatial presence whilst doubling as an evocative piece of art.

  • Pylon chair by Tom Dixon for Cappellini

Pylon chair by Tom Dixon for Cappellini

Pylon chair by Tom Dixon for Cappellini

  • Tectonic end table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo
Tectonic end table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

Tectonic end table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

  • Family chairs by Junya Ishigami for Living Divani
Family chairs by Junya Ishigami for Living Divani

Family chairs by Junya Ishigami for Living Divani

  • Naked chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri
Naked chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri

Naked chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri

  • Corallo chair by Campana Brothers for Edra
Corallo chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Corallo chair by Campana Brothers for Edra