How to buy the right size stools

There has been an increase in demand for apartments and homes featuring an open layout. Often the kitchen, dining area, living room and/ or family room are connected into a larger open space so homeowners can entertain guests. Connecting these spaces through renovation and redesign is also an effective way to increase the resale value of a residence, especially if the new floor plan generates more natural light throughout the space.

Invariably open floor plans will have a counter area either as a build in or as part of an island in the kitchen. If the layout incorporates stools, the first important distinction is between bar stools and counter stools. Bar height stools are generally 30” tall facing a bar area of 40-42”. Counter stools are lower, with a height between 24-26” at a counter height of 36”. The average height for kitchen islands is 36” and counter stools are usually the most appropriate option.

For outdoor spaces in residential environments bar stools with 40-42” tall tables can work. Bar stools can be a great option if you would like to be able to sit higher to see a view or or possibly be able to see beyond a window/ guardrail. Spacing between the stools will also determine how many you will be able to place, typically requiring 26-30” between the middle of the seat top. Additional space will be required if you purchase stools that swivel or feature arms.

Stools are not typically thought of as a centerpiece in the same way as a chandelier or dining room table. They are usually a substantial focal point and selecting stools that have the right combination of elegance, design and functionality is important. Here are several options we considered for a project in Soho. The first option features leather, wood and metal with a comfortable seat back. The second option is a leather seat with a lacquer wood finish. The third counter stool is stainless steel with a leather seat and the last option features leather, solid oak and metal.

tips on buying stools

tips on buying stools

Home office desk

There are three main factors  that need to be considered when designing a desk for a home office.  The first is to account for all of the items that will need to be stored and/or displayed.  One common mistake is to not properly measure for the items that will need to be integrated and then being stuck with a completed custom design that is not function.

The second  consideration is the location and size of the entire space where the workstation will be.  Once the sizing configuration for the workspace has been determined, it is key to see if it will fit in the accompanying space to scale.

The third factor to consider is what style and design you are looking for. In all likelihood you will be spending many hours at the desk and it is essential to have a comfortable, functional space.

For this project the client wanted a corner unit where they could display books and accessories.

By |2019-03-07T13:55:59-05:00February 28th, 2019|COLLECTION, Furniture, Office & workstation design|

Modern high gloss lacquer dining table

Some of the best designs are the simplest. This high gloss black lacquer dining table is a great example of elegance and functionality. One of the essential elements of a piece of furniture like this is the overall shape and how the lines come together.  To achieve elegance with a table in this style and size requires master level craftsmanship to be thin/ elegant, durable and functional.  This table would not be the same with a bulkier base or top.

high gloss black lacquer dining table

By |2019-03-07T18:07:37-05:00February 1st, 2019|COLLECTION, Tables|

Selecting lounge chairs

Selecting lounge chairs is important as they often serve as a focal point in a living room or family room. Finding swivel or stationary chairs with a unique shape can accentuate the layout of a room. When beginning the process of space planning scale and proportion are essential considerations as well as how the shapes fit together.

If a spaces feels too boxy or crowded with additional lounge chairs it is usually the result of poor space planning and design. Lounge chairs are often a good opportunity to incorporate alternative materials into a space such as metal or leather without committing to a larger piece of furniture such as a sofa with metal. If you are designing a space with a modern, contemporary feel, natural tones on leather will add warmth.

Here are a few options in consideration for a project in Soho.

lounge chair

lounge chair

By |2019-06-03T18:20:57-04:00October 28th, 2013|Furniture, Living room|

Christian Astuguevieille

Paris based furniture designer Christian Astuguevieille has created an array of items including chairs, tables and sofas out of rope.  I love the combination of organic materials and funky designs, these pieces offer a unique combination of elegance and personality.  The structural shape is first created with wood and the rope is stretched around it.   Pictured are some favorite rope chairs several of which are offered through Holly Hunt

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By |2019-06-03T18:05:52-04:00June 5th, 2013|Furniture|

Custom built ins

Custom built ins are a great way to maximize and change the feel of a space.  Whether you are looking for a wall unit, desk area build in, entertainment center or a unique option to display artwork, there are endless possibilities.  Often in New York City the building codes, especially in the older buildings, can be strict and limit the possibilities for moving walls or drastically changing the existing layout.  If space is limited or you do not have much flexibility in performing renovation work, hiring a cabinetry firm or designer to assist you with drawing or selecting options that will work and compliment your space will be helpful.  If you are looking for a large amount of storage space it’s important to look at options which aren’t too massive or one dimensional.

Too many cabinets or too many shelves can completely overwhelm a room, especially if it is a covering an entire wall.  Similarly if all of the shelves or cabinets are the same size you might as well go to Ikea, the variation in build ins with shelf/ cabinet size is what makes them elegant and compliment a room.  If you are displaying artwork such as sculptures for example, you will want a build in that does not overtake the artwork with its design, and serves a functional backdrop able to highlight the art.   Here are some inspirational images for living room build ins.





Lounge chairs

Here are some options for lounge chairs for a project in Tribeca. Lounge chairs can give flair to an interior, adding style to a room. Scale is a key consideration for finding the right option. Deciding on which options you would like, i.e. swivel, ottoman, reclining, etc will effect size and positioning. The perfect chairs incorporate the right combination of comfort, style, durability and utility. If you are going to be using the chair often its important to check them out before purchasing. Some of the vintage lounge chairs are not as comfortable, although they may look beautiful. Lounge chairs that are too bulky should be avoided, especially in smaller sized rooms/ apartments. Some of the iconic, contemporary lounge chairs range from $3800-$14000.

borsani p40 lounge chair



Eero Saarinen's Womb chair

By |2019-06-04T16:06:33-04:00May 20th, 2013|Furniture, Seating|

Maria Pergay

Moldavian furniture designer Maria Pergay began her design career employed as a window decorator in France.  One of her first designs incorporated large birds made out of wrought iron with semi-precious stones and seashells, which the shoes would hang off of in the display window of a store.  As her designs evolved she began to utilize stainless steel and famously said it was “as valuable as the most precious wood”, incorporating it into chairs, daybeds, lamps and tables.  Stainless steel proved an invaluable material as its flexibility permitted the creation of elegant curves in Pergay’s designs. Some of my favorite designs of hers include the triple tiered metal coffee table, a one arm-banquet daybed and a curved stainless steel bench.





By |2019-06-04T16:33:46-04:00May 15th, 2013|Furniture|
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