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10 Modern Bar Stools

Add extra kitchen and dining seating with stylishly modern bar stools that will keep guests lingering around your bar tables and countertops of your modern home. Keep your application in mind: counter stools range from 24-27 inches while bar stools are typically 28-33 inches.

Some designs are adjustable to both heights for extra flexibility. Start considering your modern counter and modern bar stool options with this roundup of striking, modern stools.

Modern bar stool with seat cushion.
Bertoia Barstool with Seat Cushion from Knoll

Harry Bertoia’s 1952 experiment bending metal rods into practical art produced a revered collection of seating, including this Barstool. The Bertoia Barstool is innovative, comfortable and strikingly handsome, featuring a base and seat basket of welded steel with rods.

Lucy Counter Stool from Bend Goods

Modern blue wire counter stool with back.
Lucy Counter Stool from Bend Goods

Refresh your dining area with the graceful and elegant Lucy Counter Stool. The original ‘Lucy’ chair design is all grown up in this counter height version, great for sidling up to tall tables or countertops. This distinctive kitchen stool can be used indoors or out and features sturdy construction in hand-welded wire and the hot-dip galvanized iron wire naturally prevents rust.

Cherner Stool from Cherner Chair Company

Modern wooden counter high back stool.
Cherner Stool from Cherner Chair Company

Designed in 1958, the molded plywood stools by Norman Cherner are still regarded as one of the most dramatic designs utilizing the technology of molding plywood. The seat and back are made of laminated plywood of graduated thickness. Reissued in exacting detail from Norman Cherner’s original drawings and molds, the Cherner Stool is both strong and lightweight.

Masters Stool from Kartell

modern masters dining chair.
Masters Chair – Set of 2 from Kartell

An iconic design reaches new heights with the introduction of the Masters Stool. Through a fusion of styles, the Masters series references the silhouettes of Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Armchair and Charles Eames’ Eiffel Chair, and delivers an engaging and sinuous seating hybrid perfect for the modern-minded household.

LEM Adjustable Height Bar Stool from Lapalma

Modern no back adjustable bar stool.
LEM Adjustable Height Bar Stool from Lapalma

From the notable stool collection designed by Shin & Tomoko Azumi, the LEM Height Adjustable Bar Stool is an iconic stool featuring a sinuous seat firmly attached to a metal pedestal base. The metal footrest extends from the seat’s frame, creating an elegantly flowing form that withstands both time and trends and is versatile in use.

Real Good Copper Stool from Blu Dot

Copper rustic bar stool.
Copper Real Good Stool from Blu Dot

The best form, laser-cut Real Good Stool looks extra ‘good’ in this Copper plated finish. Intended to patina naturally with handling and age, Real Good Copper takes on its own unique appearance as it ages oh-so gracefully. Available in bar-height and counter-height, this version ships flat and folds along laser-cut lines creating a dynamic, comfortable and light-reflecting chair.

Eames Molded Fiberglass Stool from Herman Miller

Fiberglass Eames stool.
Eames Molded Fiberglass Stool from Herman Miller

The familiar form of the Eames Molded Fiberglass shell sits atop a 4-leg base design that makes it an ideal seating option at bar or counter height surfaces. The process for making shells and the nature of fiberglass give each shell unique character traits that may include some surface cavities, areas of lighter or darker color, or faint circular shadows where stool base is attached to shell. Available in a range of archival colors, this fiberglass stool revives dining spaces with a pop of color in mid-century style.

Visu Stool from Muuto

Modern, white low back bar and counter stool.

The Visu Bar/Counter Stool is a natural continuation of the Visu chair family. This inspired design was created with a specific purpose: to produce a simple and elegant stool with great comfort. Combining subtle and elegant curves with long straight lines, Visu stools conquer the quest to become ever-relevant furniture pieces for bar and counter seating.

Robert Bar Stool from Tronk Design

Rustic, red bar and counter stool.

The Robert Bar Stool, with its sturdy steel base construction, offers a modern industrial look. Strikingly handsome, the seat is crafted from solid wood with inlay design. Especially attractive when matched with wooden floors, bare brick walls, or contemporary furniture, embrace the industrial look with the modern bar stool.

Aluminum Space High Stool from Mater

Aluminum modern bar stool.
Aluminum Space Stool, High from Mater

Bringing brilliant new life to recycled aluminum, this stool is handcrafted in a small carpentry shop in the Jaipur province of India that is participating in the sustainable business program SUSBIZ India. The seat is covered in black Italian leather and the High Stool is available in both counter height and bar height, as well as a range of wood frames.


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