You may have noticed that we have a particular love for a certain humble piece of furniture. Often overlooked and certainly underrated, stools hold a prominent place in our hearts.
The stool: a wonderfully simple form of furniture, and an archetype that has existed for centuries, a tiny piece of furniture that has appeared in every culture. Every home should hold at least one — they are a practical and generous piece of furniture that can come in handy at any moment.
Historically, they were a functional item that people brought out into the fields or placed around the hearth. They would often be very small, a low seat that meant the user could sit close to the warmth of the fire, yet remain below the smoke that billowed towards the ceiling.
”Savour the throne, but don’t mind the stool.”
Their form was directly influenced by utility, not only the size but also their three legs, forming a stable platform on rugged ground. Shaped by their environment, around for centuries, today they have become slightly anomalous, a homely tool that acts as a table, step, seat, and even more as your imagination takes flight.
We feel that they have taken on an added significance as their environment has changed. Fundamentally, the stool is an object that says so much about its owner. While their utility might be less important today, they continue to represent an extension of homely generosity, the object that gets pulled out of the corner offering hospitality, openness and warmth. The object that allows you reach the top shelf, or makes an impromptu bedside table.
Yes, every home should have one: aesthetic, symbolic and always functional, they complete the household on every level. An object out of time, yet one that says so much about us now.
Huonekalutehdas Korhonen, Alvar Aalto Foundation, 1936
The Circus Stools, Martino Gamper’s Home by Tom Mannion
Quote by Steve Winwood
J.B. Blunk Residency by Leslie Williamson
Max Lamb & Gemma Holt’s home by Nick Ballon
Sella Telephone Stool designed by Achille Castiglioni, 1957
Meribel Stool designed by Charlotte Perriand, 1950
Model E60 Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, 1933