Tall, slender and elegant, bar stools are a model example of kitchen furniture that’s both functional and statement-worthy. From backless breakfast bar stools in luxurious leather and brass to kitchen island chairs upholstered in sumptuous velvets; from those with bases that swivel to others that are static but stylish; and from designs with structured armrests to those that let limbs hang loose, hear from our Senior Creative Buyer, Jessica for her edit on the best bar stools in town right now.
This first design’s more of a kitchen island chair with its upholstered seat pad and back rest – in pure cotton velvet no less and angled at a slight recline for maximum comfort. Handmade in Portugal, the blackened steel frame is simple yet architectural at every angle, from squared base to T-bar back, and is available in two sizes.
A breakfast bar chair that feels as if it’s been personally sculpted to your contours, Adima has a wraparound back that hugs you in and then provides a comfortable resting place for elbows and forearms. It juxtaposes Mid-century influence with its splayed legs (in a handsome walnut finish), an ergonomic contemporary silhouette and classic elegance.
There’s no question which era influenced this next bar chair. Featuring three of Art Deco’s quintessential design details – the fan-shaped pleated backrest, the arc at the brass base and the double-line stem at the rear – to perch on this is to pretend you’re sipping cocktails in the times of Great Gatsby and in the lap of velvet-clad luxury.
The best bar stools are those that are comfortable – the sort that you can see yourself sat upon as you while away a weekend morning with the Saturday papers and supplements spread out across the kitchen counter – and that bolster your room’s design credentials. Cue this brass-tipped duo by Eicholtz in a range of fabric finishes – cream bouclé anyone?
A top bar stool for anybody who wants their kitchen island seating, this sophisticated stool is all about its eye-catching form. Handmade in Britain to your selection of bespoke fabric and leg finish – though an ebony leg finish teamed with an elegantly neutral fabric like suede Pumice is a favourite of mine – it’s a piece that’s dressed to impress.
It’d be easy to mistake this kitchen island stool for a dining table chair on first glance so in keeping it is with a traditional chair’s frame and use of fabric. The solid beech frame is given a walnut wood stain so that it has an antique, brown furniture quality that works with a wealth of textiles – that you can customise to suit your space.
Taking things back to Deco for a moment, this fan-back bar stool is a worthy contender if 1920s luxe appeals but you’re looking to ease it into more traditional surroundings. The base’s architecture and line of brass studs tracing the backrest’s reverse are handsome and very British heritage in influence – the perfect synergy of old-world design.
Go Colonial with this second bar stool entry by the masters at Domkapa. Its lines may be strong, but there’s a softness to this kitchen island stool brought about by the mid-tone wood finish, the upholstered seat’s slim proportions and of course, the lattice fretwork on the backrest – a big tick for the unstoppable trend for all things palm and rattan.
There are quite a few points of difference with this final top bar stool entry. First, it’s backless, so it’ll slip into your kitchen almost unnoticed. Second, it’s hexagonal in shape, suiting homes that like to do things differently. And thirdly, it’s got one of the most Art Deco bases in this entire edit – brass bars aplenty. The most stylish seat in the house? Quite possibly…
BRAND: Linea Luxe