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Stools are no longer just for stepping on. After flying under the radar as an understated and underutilized item of furniture for far too long, these simplified seats are realizing their full capabilities thanks to a number of totem-inspired pieces leading the charge.
Landing somewhere under the tubular trend, sculptural stools have stolen our hearts with their chunky silhouettes and sweeping curves. But it’s their sheer versatility that has delighted us the most—they can act as the perfect landing pad for a scented candle or favorite book, a compact nightstand, or a perch for anytime, anywhere.
Whether upholstered in elegant velvet or made from mixed materials, these sweet stacked accents bring out the best in any room. Read on for our favorite shapely stools to steal the look.
So long, right angles—this faded velvet piece looks perfectly distressed (i.e., loved) and brings soft lines and a lot of comfort to your home.
Round Pouf, Ferm Living ($760)
Think of this stool as a functional zigzag. Made from sealed concrete, but not too heavy to move around, it can live as easily in your backyard as it can in your living room.
Chester End Table, AllModern ($217)
If you couldn’t already tell from its golden hue, this pouf-stool hybrid is about to be your space’s shining star. Rich velvet and a scalloped silhouette shout Old Hollywood glamour and practically beg for an accompanying vanity.
Adriana Pouf by Soho Home, Anthropologie ($398)
Flip it right-side up or upside down—either way, three tiers of glazed stoneware ensure an eye-popping visual moment as well as a sturdy surface for your next couch cocktail hour. If lemon isn’t your hue of choice, there are more than 10 colors to choose from, from chrome green to sunset pink.
Triple Tier Cloud Side Table, BZippy ($3,250)
Cork isn’t just for wine bottles. The lightweight material develops a beautiful patina over time, making it the perfect option for a light, airy, and altogether unique space.
Cork Stool A by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, DWR ($505)
Grouping a few of these one-of-kind stools together is like constructing your own in-home art gallery. Made in the Netherlands, the burnt orange ceramic pieces look more like modern sculptures than seating.
Pressed Stool 4 by Floris Wubben, The Future Perfect
If you’re searching for a stool with classic elegance, look no further than this Eames walnut stool, which resembles an ultra-chic chess piece. Not in the mood for an old-school vibe? Brighten it up with a colorful rug underneath, use it as a plant stand, or pair it with funky wallpaper. Checkmate.
Eames Walnut Stools, CA Modern ($1,195)
The mini members of your family deserve the best decor pieces, too. This ergonomic stool moves with your child to improve posture and engage his body while sitting. Bonus: It comes in a rainbow of bright, cheerful hues.
Ergonomic Stool for Active Sitting, Amazon ($90)
A handmade ceramic hourglass in glossy olive green? Sign us up. Better yet, it’s weather- and temperature-resistant, making it the perfect patio piece.
Hourglass Stool by Binx, Made Goods
For those who can’t make up their minds, this style sports a polished wood base topped with a plush velvet cushion. If you can’t decide on a color, choose two from the yummy palette for the perfect pair.
Livia Ottoman, Orior
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