Counter stools are undergoing a renaissance in today’s increasingly informal and open office setting. Office pantry, print and copy areas are now regarded as places for the exchange of ideas, short, informal meetings, and friendly banter. Counter stools, whether with or without castors and a swivel base, can provide a suitable backdrop for this.
Although the product group is quite compact, there is ample choice from some of the most esteemed designers and manufacturers. Maarten van Severen’s formally austere, swivelling ‘.04’ counter stool for Vitra is actually highly practical, featuring a castor base, a round footrest and a comfortable, yielding polyurethane foam seat and backrest. Konstantin Grcic’s ‘Pro’ counter stool for Flötotto is a similar design, and although it does not have castors, its seat is an expressive, S-shaped polypropylene shell.
Manufacturer emeco collaborates with some of today’s foremost designers to produce high quality, cast aluminium counter stools. Consider Philippe Starck’s ‘Kong Counter stool’, whose traditional form features tilted back legs and a round backrest. On the other hand, ‘20-06™’, designed by the preeminent British architectural practice Foster + Partners, is a sober, understated and thoroughly modern, rectangular counter stool.
Verner Panton’s ‘Panto Move-VF’ for VS is another swiveling, height-adjustable design, but with a bent plywood seat. Justus Kolberg’s ‘9260/3 Papilio’ for Kusch+Co and Don Chadwick’s and Bill Stumpf’s ‘Aeron counter stool’ show another surprising approach to designing office counter stools: in these designs, highly ergonomic and adjustable office task chairs are mounted on a tall swivel base. In addition, the latter is mounted on castors.
And lastly, Andreas Janson attaches castors to the base of a small, wooden storage cabinet in his ‘Tudock 01 Stool, which can now serve as a counter stool or as a small side table, but always as a small storage space.