Manhattan: A Lesson in Contemporary Furniture Design

Manhattan: A Lesson in Contemporary Furniture Design Notable for a loft living style all its own, Manhattan has provided unbound interior inspiration globally, its unique aesthetic promoting streamlined profiles with bold dispositions and just a hint of sculptural significance; an apt description for my Manhattan range, if I say so myself. 

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Casual and Contemporary Stools for All Occasions

Casual and Contemporary Stools for All Occasions

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Stools aren’t just for the bar or breakfast nook anymore. Indeed, these functional furnishings can find a home in any room of the house, as diversity of designs dictate multiple functions. From seats to side tables, coffee tables and more, stools stand to serve a variety of purposes, not to mention stylistic endeavours. 

Encompassing designs from bar stools to ottomans & benches, stools provide no shortage of versatility within the dining room, bedroom and living space, enhancing an interior with both function and form.

The Bar Beckons

One of the first connotations & one of the most traditional uses for a stool: the seat of choice when we belly up to the bar. Since the early 20tth century, Bar stools have been serving as space saving seating, conceived to seat a higher number of patrons at commercial pubs. Modern kitchen designs have come to incorporate an island bar or similar, while a lucky few among us have the pleasure of a dedicated home bar for entertaining.

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To while away the hours after dark, or for a quick bite pre-work, seating options in the realms of my Atlantic High Bar Stool offer the comfort and support of an upholstered seat and back, along with all the style a metal frame provides. Modern minimalists might prefer the Ayers Low Hide Bar Stoolfeaturing luxe leather threading, holding a distinctive textural hide upholstery taut across the stools’ seats and back. 

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If a rustic, Hamptons-like style is closer to your home aesthetic, opt for my Waverly Upholstered Bar Stool or  Waverly Woven Back Bar StoolFor yet another twist, try my St. Louis Swivel Bar Stool, which features splayed legs for added stability, a distinctive carved timber back and linen-blend upholstery on both the back and seat, for a determinedly refined aesthetic. 

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Functional Seating Alternatives

Bar stools aren't only confined to the bar. Higher dining tables like the Rosewell High Breakfast Table benefit, nay, require the height of a bar stool, lest your guests chins rest on the surface; certainly not conducive to a comfortable dining experience. Consider a perch like the Charlston Bar Stool, coupling clean lines with an upholstered seat, as a seating option with a nod to mid-century modern design to complement the on-trend hair-pin legs of the Rosewell Table. 

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Beckoning, with the promise of comfort, my Cardiff High Dining Chair combines elements of a bar stool and a traditional dining chair. Featuring a distinctive base, casual upholstery and characteristics that render it equally suited to a bar or a high table in the dining room or kitchen.

Other Applications

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I mentioned versatility, and I've not yet been proved wrong. Despite multi-functional attributes, ottomans and stools possess the inherent qualities required for an immediate dose of style, elegance and design panache, in any interior. 

Adding visual variety with a unique iron base and thick woollen upholstery, a pair of Santa Monica Iron Branch Stools won't fail to enhance an interior decor with a sense of whimsy. Try a pair flanking the fireplace, easily rearranged for intimate winter evenings with a special someone and romantic, roaring fire. Why not capitalise on these versatile traits and style the Santa Monica Stools within a bedroom scheme, allowing for instantaneous boudoir updates.

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With its delicate silver cross metal frame paired with a rich espresso leather seat, the Donovan Low Stool also offers form and function to fit almost any setting. Offering double-duty as an ottoman, or a stand-in as a coffee table, its modest proportions and multiple uses make it an ideal decor piece, particularly for smaller living spaces in which it pays for every furniture selection to be both pretty and practical.

Similarly, my Cardiff Woven Stool, featuring a woven leather seat and stippled stain finish, packs a lot of style into an easily movable piece. Indeed, the Cardiff Woven Stool’s manageable dimensions make it an ideal fit for tight breakfast nooks or even smaller bedrooms, where it can serve as anything from seating bed-end, to a unique bedside table that looks equally at home next to an Eltham Twin Single Headboard as it does something boldly substantial like the Cardiff Queen Bed.

Examining Ottomans

As a close cousin to the stool, the ottoman can serve the same functional offerings on many occasions. Due to budget-friendly and space-saving qualities, ottomans present an opportunity to experiment with an interior décor by adding a fresh element or accent piece without an overwhelming change or overwhelming investment.

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And the versatility continues! Large ottomans or smaller, paired pieces can stand in for a coffee or cocktail table with enviable effect. An upholstered look as an alternative to traditional timber or glass coffee tables is making waves in interior circles; options including my Toulouse Large Ottoman & Savoy Rectangular Ottoman serve this aesthetic to aplomb, while space-saving storage aspects add yet another layer of functionality.

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Outside the living room, consider ottomans as extra seating options around a dining table. For the ultimate in casual entertaining style, try partnering pieces such as my Charlston Ottoman with the Jefferson Extension Dining Table, an unexpected, yet on-trend seating option. And ottomans can be perfect for intimate spaces, too. Place a pair of Ayres Hide Ottomans at the foot of your bed to add a distinctive accent that also functions as a practical place to get dressed and prepare for your day each morning.

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From bar to bedroom, stools and ottomans can provide the perfect balance of form and function without draining your décor budget. So, whether you are looking for a unique accent piece or a practical extra seating option, there’s a stool or ottoman to suit your style.

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Reinvigorate a Tired Bedroom with Contemporary Bedside Tables

Reinvigorate a Tired Bedroom with Contemporary Bedside Tables

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A new nightstand can be as refreshing for your bedroom as a good night sleep is for your body. Whether you are looking to add the perfect piece to set off a beloved bedroom suite or require a new nightstand as part of a complete room redesign, style a beautiful bedside tableau with my top picks for bedside bliss. 

Storage Essentials

Keep bedside essentials stored in ease of reach, yet out of sight... My Kagney Side Table offers a concealed drawer, for the ultimate in hidden storage, while the round profile and black and gold palette are an ideal addition to the contemporary bedroom abode. Where excess in storage is a must, my Reynolds Side Table is unashamedly functional - offering ample storage space in two deep drawers, all the while providing a sophisticated aesthetic with contemporary appeal. 

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Mirrored Elegance

If your bedroom offers limited floor space, consider a seemingly invisible bedside table... Mirrored furniture reflects its surroundings to effectively and efficiently create the illusion of more space. My Brittany Mirrored Side Table offers just this, and has the added advantage of on-trend splayed legs paired with understated hardware, to provide a sense of delicacy that will make even a crowded corner feel spacious. And while your at it, pull up my Toulouse Small Ottoman featuring hidden storage – always a plus when space is at a premium.

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Minimalistic Edge

Perhaps clean lines and a minimalistic direction is your vice... A bedroom seeking the restorative powers of the minimal can hardly fail to overlook the sleek profile of the Argo Square Side Table, featuring two shelves of clear glass framed by a highly polished gold bullion, for an effect of refined contemporary minimalism, with just a hint of glamour. 

Make a Statement

Certainly a nightstand out of the ordinary, my Ellis Side Table features jaw-dropping aesthetics for an effect nothing short of remarkable, not least in the bedroom. Directional silver rods create an eye-catching three dimensional pattern, while the gold accents and graphite surfaces act to create visual depth and welcome detailing. 

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Nesting Style

There's no current look more contemporary than that of the nesting side table. Take this trend into the bedroom with my Georgia Nesting Tables, each offering a different profile in gold leaf, paired with espresso tapered legs. Unrivalled for functionality, the nesting table offers styling opportunity galore. 

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Mix & Match

Considered mixing and matching need not appear haphazard, rather complementary bedside tables featuring similarities in materiality & style offer a contemporary and of-the-moment look of curated bedroom style. 

Opt for pieces from the same collection in with subtle differences to take heed of the trend, while ensuring a sense of timelessness. My Canasta collection offers a range of side tables, ideal as bedside companions, while the pairing of my Argo Round Glass Side Table and Argo Smoked Mirror Side Table presents slight variations in dimensions and surface materialities for a considered mis-matching. 

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Enjoying a welcome come-back, mid-century furniture is finding itself enhancing a myriad of contemporary homes. My Thornley Timber Bedside Table delivers on all the benefits of a traditional nightstand with storage, together with the walnut timber finish popular in midcentury modern design and the unmistakable references toward iconic post-war design. 

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Marvellous Marble 

Oh-so sleek, marble is the current interior flavour, though I maintain marble is sure to promise enduring style for years to come. Elegant, sophisticated and contemporary, marble enhances an interior with elegance and the individual touch that only natural elements provide - each piece unique. My Wolseley Side Table takes advantage of the sleek characteristic inherent in marble, pairing them with the contemporised cabriole leg, infusing a Parisian charm to the highly polished silver frame. 

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Feminine Attraction

For a contemporary bedside companion with a feminine edge, look no further than my Carnaby Side Tables in both gold and silver. A pattern of intersecting rings creates a floral-like base, topped with a thick glass surface - the ideal perch for a table lamp and current pulitzer prized novel. 

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Where my Swanson Tiered Side Table lacks proportions, it certainly doesn't lack contemporary style. A design savvy addition to any bedroom, the Swanson features an on-trend ombre effect, the finish graduating from a deep bronze at the base to a silver leaf at the surface. A compact footprint also allows the Swanson to fill small voids - enhancing the smaller boudoir or guest bedroom where space is at a premium.  

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