15 Svelte Stools That’ll Make Your Kitchen Counter the Hip, New Hangout Spot

15 Svelte Stools That’ll Make Your Kitchen Counter the Hip, New Hangout Spot

By Alexandra Cuervo
These clever, clean-lined designs are sure to raise the breakfast bar.

Dining rooms are great for dinner parties, but if your home is anything like ours, then you know that the real action happens at the kitchen counter or breakfast bar. Here are our favorite counter and bar stools to encourage friends and family alike to pull up a seat.

Fernweh Woodworking Oxbend Stool
This bar stool, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair. The Oxbend Collection was born from a desire to create seating that is comfortable, organic, and elegant in its simplicity.
Cherner Counter Stool
Although a pioneer in prefab housing, Norman Cherner is best known for the molded plywood seating line he created for the manufacturer Plycraft, which he ultimately sued the company over.
BassamFellows Tractor Counter Stool
Craig Bassam was working on a project in Switzerland when he found a tractor seat on the side of the road.
Sossego Marcia Stool
Marcia is forever the VIP. She is accustomed to stopping conversation cold, turning heads and consuming all the oxygen when she enters the room.
SCP Slatted Bar Stool
Part of the SCP Classics collection, this Slatted Barstool—designed by Jasper Morrison in 1986—is made of tubular steel that's CNC-bent to achieve a svelte silhouette.
Fritz Hansen Series 7 Counter Stool
The Series 7 Chair (1955) debuted in Sweden at the Helsingborg exhibition of 1955, or H55.  One of the most copied chairs of the modern era, it features an ideal shape for the human form, with a back that offers just the right amount of give to keep your upper body comfortable and a waterfall...
Normann Copenhagen Steel Base Form Barstool
Form barstool from Normann Copenhagen features the same clean-lined and innovative design as the collection’s chairs: its rounded legs are joined to the seat with a cup system which gives the barstool its unique and contemporary look.
Blu Dot Barstool Barstool
Because bars should never have to play second fiddle to tables, we offer the Chair Chair seat in bar stool heights as well. Pairs nicely with the Cozy Cozy cushion. Enjoy. Enjoy. Barstool Barstool is a wooden bar stool with back.
Herman Miller Spot Barstool
After being schooled in industrial design and engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London, Michael Anastassiades founded his own studio in 1994.
Sossego Duda Stool
Aristeu Pires is an award-winning furniture designer and manufacturer. His furniture pairs contemporary design sensibility with warm, sustainably harvested Brazilian wood.
Tolix Marais Barstool
Metalworker Xavier Pauchard not only brought the art of galvanizing steel to France but also took the process to the next level by creating the Marais A Chair (1934), as well as a selection of stools.
HAY About A Stool 38
The son of a cabinetmaker raised in the Scandinavian design tradition, Danish designer Hee Welling understands the power of simple, logical, useful solutions.
Lyon Beton Hauteville Counter Chair
Sophisticated with an industrial touch, the Hauteville Bar Chair takes a modern design and gives it a noteworthy and distinguishing element.
Menu Afteroom Stool
Minimalism maximized. The Afteroom Stool by Menu offers a brilliant combination of simplicity, quality construction and uncompromised comfort. With a round seat, a flexible backrest and a convenient footrest ring, it's perfect for casual dining areas or bars.
West Elm Slope Leather Bar + Counter Stool
Our Slope Leather Stools curve in both the seat and back for extra comfort and their top-grain aniline-dyed leather upholstery develops a beautiful patina over time. These are stools that are built to last.

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