Wooden Stools

With its simple form and various usage possibilities, a stool can serve as extra seating, a side table, a foot rest… it’s the most useful piece of furniture you can own. Here is our list of iconic and future iconic wooden stools from architects, millworkers, furniture makers and established furniture houses, these ten are are as versatile as they are beautiful.


Stump Stools


Stump stools and tables are made in Kinsella's Hudson Valley studio, carved from the trunks of trees using locally sourced and salvaged hardwoods.
The shapes are always evolving. Made in New York's Hudson Valley with locally sourced and salvaged materials.



Cottage Stool

Dino Sanchez

$525 - $625

Cottage Stools present a simple, light and airy design meant for seating or resting objects. Available in table, counter or bar heights, each is marked as a numbered edition. Made in Massachusetts. The company was born out of the desire to produce well made American goods with the belief that familiar and purposeful forms lead to timeless and iconic products.


The Boston Ottoman

Thomas Hayes

From $1500

A sleek companion to the Boston Lounge Chair by Thomas Hayes Studio. Handmade in Hollywood. Thomas Hayes Studio offers striking modern furniture that is unique in its fidelity to the best elements of mid-century design. Pieces are conceived in the distinctive vision of Thomas Hayes and are the expert, elegant synthesis of the Californian Craftsman revolution and Brazilian design from that period.



Ole Wanscher


A sturdy stool that perfectly compliments OW149 with its simple and light design. The stool has an outstanding finish and is a beautiful object in and of itself. Designed in 1949.

From Carl Hansen & Son, Danish Design Store



Philipp Mainzer

$800 - $1,200

A modern design classic, the stool BACKENZAHN™ is an identifiable icon for e15 and part of several museum collections. For its signature form and detail the centre of the tree is used. During the seasoning of the solid wood, the legs form their characteristic cracks, which make every stool unique. The concave seat of the BACKENZAHN™ stool provides extra seating comfort.

From E15


Georg Stool

Chris L. Halstrøm


The Georg collection, designed by Chris L. Halstrøm, is inspired by the need to store, hang and drop things off in the hallway of a home. The stool is part of design museum Trapholts permanent collection, it is a back-up seat designed in a material encounter between wood, wool and leather in an expression in between Nordic sensuality and Japanese minimalism.

From Danish Design Store, Skagerak Denmark


Dibbet Stool


The most versatile piece of furniture we make, the Dibbet functions as seating, an ottoman, and a side table. Design cues are from Shaker, frontier and Scandinavian furniture. The almost two and a half inch thick seat is hand tooled with a slight concave that leaves a custom texture.



The Ulm Stool

Max Bill


The Ulm stool was designed by Swiss architect, artist and designer Max Bill in 1954 for Vitra and is now marketed by wb form. Max Bill created the Ulmer stool originally for Vitra today the license lies with the manufacturer wb form. Bill designed the Ulmer stool together with Dutch product designer Hans Gugelot as a seat for the students of the newly established College of Design in Ulm. This piece of furniture can be a seat, an occasional table, shelf or portable tray all in one.

From Ambient Direct


Tractor Stools

Bassam Fellows


Since debuting at the Milan furniture fair in 2003, the BassamFellows Tractor Stool has become a bona fide modern icon. It’s the rare piece of contemporary furniture – equal parts purpose and presentation - that exudes timelessness and ineffable contemporary cool. The Tractor Stool wasn’t designed with homogeneity in mind; it doesn’t come from a production line and, as such, the grain of each piece is totally unique. Over time the stool’s solid wood form acquires a finish that enhances, rather than masks, its natural state.


Alvar Aalto stool 60

Alvar Aalto


"Objects are made to be completed by the human mind." -Alvar Aalto

The invention by Alvar Aalto and the joiner Otto Korhonen of bending chair legs from solid wood made it possible for the Aalto stool to be conceived. Through this method Aalto achieved one of the main goals of modern furniture design; the mass production of furniture. Joints, which demanded a good deal of time and skilled workmanship, could be abandoned. The basic Aalto stool is 3-legged. Because of this, even large numbers of them can be stacked and stored in very little space.

From Artek

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