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Are barstools the most functional piece of furniture around?

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Are barstools the most functional piece of furniture around?

By Maggie Theodora

Barstools—we think they’re one of the unsung heroes of interior design. Chances are you have several in your home, and use them for anything from side tables to seats at the dinner table. We asked Jackson Hole designers to share some of their favorites.


Farm Function

First designed by Tom Moser more than thirty years ago, the High Stool is “a reincarnation of a tractor seat in wood that is comfortable and beautiful,” says White Burns. Choose from a cherry or walnut seat; the legs are always ash. Either one will be sculpted to follow natural human contours and sanded smooth to showcase the wood’s natural grain. From $920, 307/690-1594,


Modern Metal

Houzz’s Grand Metal Stools pair a solid, stained pinewood seat with a powder-coated steel frame, giving them a modern farmhouse feel. Choose from orange, red, black, or gunmetal. They’re “an economical way to bring color into a home,” says Shannon White Burns, an interior designer who opened her own firm, Shannon White Design, in 2008. Set of four $498, 307/690-1594,


Keep It Simple

British designer Matthew Hilton’s Profile Barstool for Case is all about “clean lines and cradled comfort,” says designer Kate Binger, who founded Designed Interiors in Jackson Hole in 2007 and the showroom/boutique Dwelling in 2010. Throughout his career, Hilton has focused on a design’s end user—here he wanted an ergonomic, simply shaped solution for dining seating. We think he nailed it. From $545, 307/733-8582,

Waney Wood

Inspired by the ‘waney edge’ of a piece of wood—the knotted planks and random edges that get chopped off when they don’t fit a production line, Tom Dixon’s Offcut Stool is meant to challenge the perception of flat-pack furniture as cheap and disposable. (The stools arrive unassembled and owners, or contractors, hammer the joins together with wooden dowels.) “This is a fun and playful piece,” Jackson designer John Martin of John Martin Design says. “It’s a great piece if you have a white kitchen and are looking to spice it up a bit.” From $370, 310/968-3198,

Funky Fresh

Emily Janak, who opened her own design studio, Emily Janak Design, in June 2018 after six years at valley design firms including Snake River Interiors/Twenty Two Home and WRJ Design, says, “These funky stools are a steal and a statement,” about the Bendt barstool by Scandinavian Designs. “They’re an obvious nod to Mies van der Rohe, yet still feel unexpected thanks to the mix of materials.” The materials? A cane seat and backrest, and a cantilevered metal frame finished in polished chrome. “Mountain modern” is a thing now; is “mountain mid-century” one as well? $149, 307/699-0662,



Mix & Match

The 2D Bar Stool, from Danish husband-and-wife design firm GUBI, is made from laminated veneer, which you can choose to have upholstered, or not. Mix and match the seat with a variety of metallic and wooden bases. Martin says, “There’s a nice contrast with the black steel and the laminated wood veneer.” From $285, 310/968-3198,

Rustic Return

“I gravitate toward more clean-lined western accents, and feel that these woven leather Natura Stools by Wisteria are the perfect combination of rustic and sleek,” Janak says. “They add a nice textural element to the kitchen with mostly hard surfaces.” $599, 307/699-0662,


Classic & Modern

“I love the lines of the Lisse counter stool by Dmitriy & Co. I had the opportunity to see it being handmade in New York City and the quality is exceptional. The architectural bronze footrest is a subtle but distinguishing detail,” Janak says. From $4,000, 307/699-0662,

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