As I look around my tiny little apartment I wonder to myself how it’s possible I could need more seating options? After all, I’m sitting on a stool as I write this. It’s true, it was originally intended for my outdoor deck, but I have used it as a side table in winter, and now as a perfectly good perch from which to convey my thoughts to the world.
From this vantage point I can see 2 Louis Ghost and 2 Victoria Chairs – the iconic design by Stark for Kartell, at my dining table. I have used those for so many purposes to date, it seems a bit crazy that I ever entertained the idea of retiring them from service. They are light weight, easy to move, incredibly strong – supporting over 300 lbs. for all their airy, light appearance – they are lifers in my world.
I’ve previously mentioned that I have a teensy stool obsession. I don’t think I’m ready to seek counseling, but if I cave and get one or two more, I might need to admit myself. I see two Bungalow5 Taboret Stools in the living room. I have owned these since No. 1. They were black when I first purchased them, but I had them repainted, in a pale peachy blush – the color in fact is ….. wait for it …. Benjamin Moore’s Salmon Berry. How shocked you must be that I’ve referenced a Ben Moore color. He will forever be like a new boyfriend to me, and I simply can’t resist exalting his dreamy qualities to you all. He’s beyond.
Lest you think I am done, I can also see two Oly Studio Neta Benches. Their Zebra Raw Hide upholstery is hard to miss. These were also purchased for No. 1 at a time when I could barely rub two nickels together to make a dime. They cost a fortune, even by my standards today. One of them had a most unfortunate accident, which resulted in its leg being severed. I spent a good deal of time in search of a furniture doctor that could repair the damage, adding even more cost to these little stools. Saber legs (the name given to their curved shape) are very delicate. Just in case you were wondering. Every time someone sits on them, I wince a little, and hope it holds. We’ve been through to much together to part ways.
There is the Oomph Slipper Chair, which was in No. 1 and then found a new home in the Surf Shack, but which I have borrowed until I can make the decision, which is what has brought us here today. That was a bit exhausting, and I didn’t even mention all the other stools that have found their way to other homes over the years. When they get adopted, I can assure you, I have done my due diligence. They won’t be used as a stepping stool in some drafty garage.
So here’s what I am considering. It’s no secret that I want the Kelly Wearstler, Pouf Chair, with it’s gold metal legs that defy gravity, but I am not getting it. It’s simply too expensive. Sorry Kelly. Instead, I have been contemplating swivel chairs. There is something so enticing about being in motion, and being hypnotized into relaxation, all at the same time. It’s just the trick I need in order to let go. It’s two swivels and an acrylic from which we must choose. How did I land on an acrylic in the mix you ask? First, it’s beautiful. Second, the versatility of acrylic in small spaces is undeniable, and therefore should always be part of the conversation. You don’t have to choose it, but don’t exclude it.
Bernhardt Interiors: Hastings Swivel Chair . $1420. Overall: 30″ w x 34-1/2″ d x 35″ h
Ballard Design: Larkin Swivel Glider . starting at $899. Overall: 33 1/2″H X 29 1/2″W X 36″D
Worlds Away: Duke BG Acrylic Klismos Chair . $1437.50 Overall: 21.5″W X 31″H X 19.5″D
Please weigh in – don’t make me decide on my own!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there.