Monday, November 21, 2011

What I want for Xmas... an X-form stool 'at auction'!

Who doesn't have a soft spot for an X-form stool! They are so chic, and versatile too! They fit anywhere, in any style decor, and what a great holiday gift! They can be found regularly at auction.

 Elle Decor - Designer: Paolo Moschino

This living room designed by Paolo Moschino is a great example of X stool chic. In a room with two large comfy sofas, additional seating is offered by the day bed and the X form stools. The stools can be moved around, and with a tray on top could even serve as another table. I also loved the blue leather upholstery. This adds color to the room, and looks very smart!

 Elle Decor - Designer: Gwynn Griffith

In this library, the designer Gwynn Griffith places a pair of X form stools by a table piled high with books. They are so inviting as a place to sit and flip though some of the books as you walk by. They don't take up any room either. 

This pair of neoclassical style x-form stools are extra chic because of the leopard print upholstery. Nothing like a touch of animal print in a room to jazz it up.These are Lot 1020 in the Bonhams auction being held December 5th in Los Angeles. They are fruitwood and 19th century. They have an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500.

This lovely little stool is an early 19th century Regency mahogany curule-form stool. This is included in the next Christie's Interiors sale in New York December 8th. This is Lot 177, and has an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200.

This Victorian X form stool made of walnut has lovely carved detail. It's also adjustable for height since it was meant to be a piano bench. This sold at a Brunk Auction for $100! This was such a bargain, I would have had the seat recovered in a fun bright colored leather or velvet.

For a modern take, try these stools by the Danish designer Östen Kristiansson, circa 1970, They are made of leather, oak and brass, and fold up, so that you can leave them in a closet or against a wall until needed - but why would you? They are very cool looking, and would be great set up in your living room for extra seating. These sold at a Wright auction for $1,875 off an auction estimate of $2,000 - $3,000. 

Architectural Digest - Designer: Shelton, Mindel & Assocs.

The Poul Kjærholm stools in this Manhattan living room are a perfect example of the modern take on the X stool. There isn't really extra room for seating around the generous coffee table besides the sofa and pair of tub chairs, but these X stools snuggle right in. 

With the holidays coming up, and if you're wondering what to give that special person who already has everything (!), put an X stool or two on your list and keep an eye out at auction.

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