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Rise of the Bar Stool

Posted on October 15, 2012

Modern bar stools have always been an important element of contemporary design, but in the last 20 years or so, it seems that they have had a surge in popularity. So what has caused this explosion of contemporary bar stools? We think it has something to do with the gradual extinction of the living room. Have you noticed that more and more contemporary homes are trading in the tradition living room for a great room? The old dividing lines between specific rooms have started to blur as our homes become more and more open and dining rooms, living rooms and kitchens all become one. So what does this have to do with bar stools? Well, while we seem to be gravitating more toward wide open spaces, we still like to have the purpose of each space to be defined and one of the most popular ways to divide the living space from the kitchen is a kitchen bar or an island. It seems that no American kitchen is complete without one these days, so whether you use it or not, you’re likely to need those bar stools. Luckily for us contemporary design lovers, there are hundreds of beautiful, modern bar stool choices to add flare to any great room!

Contemporary bar stools range from simple and minimal to exciting and whimsical and they can be made from dozens of different materials. Let’s take this Mood bar stool for example. It mixes both a beautiful matte wood finish with shiny chrome accents. Its no-frills design is minimal, but sculptural and contemporary at the same time.

Mood Bar Stools

On the other end of the spectrum, check out these bright, contemporary bar stools made by acrylic artist, Shlomi Haziza. They are made of acrylic, of course, with a metal swivel base. They come in over a dozen fun  colors and the curly sculptural detail on the back makes it really whimsical and interesting. They are quite literally contemporary works of art.

Haziza Bar Stools

If something a little more in-between on the minimal to whimsical scale is more your style, why not try the modern Monroe bar stool? The contemporary design is fairly simple, but with limitless fabric options you can add a pop of color or they can blend right in with their surroundings. They also sport a fully upholstered back which is really quite comfortable. Another nice feature is its hydraulic mechanism which allows you to adjust the height, so it works great for both bars and counters!

Monroe Bar Stool

So with all of the amazing options out there for contemporary bar stools, there’s no need to worry about finding the perfect finishing touch for your kitchen or great room. They can be as wild or as tame as you like! They can be as hard-lined modern  or as soft contemporary as you’re comfortable with! Any way you look at it, this great room trend is tearing down walls (literally!) and bringing friends and family closer together, one bar stool at a time.


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