There are literally 100+ counter/bar stools to choose from when considering more elevated kitchen seating. Go to sources such as www.bonluxat.com can be a starting point for screening options. Open kitchens or conventional, these seating forms can make a statement, add a dash of color and add symmetry. Given the sophistication of kitchen design that has developed over the last decade thanks to companies like Bulthaup, Boffi and Valcucine, “counter” balancing with seating has equally evolved as well.
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Birillo by Joe Colombo for Zanotta (top)
Screw by Ron Arad for Driade
Bertoia by Harry Bertoia for Knoll (black)
Wegner by Hans Wegner thru Bulthaup
Hi-Pad by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini (bottom)