Babila by Odo Fioravanti for Pedrali, $204

A simple silhouette will ensure your bar stools don’t overwhelm a room—save the grand gestures for a different piece. Babila is made from FSC-certified ash and features a die-cast aluminum footrest. It is available in a 25.5-inch (shown) or 29.5-inch height. It doesn’t have a back, so it’s best for short sits. Philosophical debates or four-course meals are for the dinner table. Available from thechairfactory.com.  Photo 3 of 8 in How to Find the Perfect Modern Bar Stool