Stools: our nomination for most useful furniture item. Invaluable as impromptu drinks tables, overflow seating at the dinner table, as boosters for rummaging in high cabinets. Here are ten classics:
Above: Sitting Stool by Jens Risom for Knoll, available in six webbing colors; $331 at Unica Home.
Above: Frosta Stool, $12.99 from Ikea.
Above: Eames Walnut Stools; $829 each at Design Within Reach.
Above: Benjamin Stoola; $19.99 from Ikea.
Above: Hans Wegner CH 53 stool for Carl Hansen in oak or black; $515 at Room & Board. At the Danish Design Store, the Beech Wegner Stool is $405 and the Oak Wegner Stool is $460 (take 20 percent off, with free shipping, by using the promotion code WEGNER).
Above: Max Bill Ulmer Hocker Stool; $294 at Velocity Art & Design.
Above: Yanagi Butterfly Stool in maple; $645 at Design Within Reach.
Above: Atlantico 001 Stool in oak or cherry; $495 at Zinc Details.
Above: Staach Cain Collection Stool; available in maple or poplar as well as in seven colors, from $130 to $210, depending on finish, at Design Public.