Last weekend I purchased a new stool for my studio. I find stools without wheels much more comfortable than ones with wheels, because they can be used for leaning against while you are working, as well as sitting on. But except for sewing, some paper repairs and headbanding I tend to stand.
The stool looks industrial, possibly from the 1920’s and should last at least another century. The remains of a label are difficult to make out, “xxxx/ Steel/ Furniture/ Toledo/ USA” in a center circle, surrounded by “Metal / Furniture/ Quality/ Strength”. I paid way too much for it, especially since the wood seat was refinished, but admired the graceful curves of its riveted construction, and hadn’t seen one like it before. The seat is quite comfortable, in part because it is much wider than most modern wooden stools and not as dished out in the center. It is adjustable by using the lever under it and ball bearings allow it to spin freely. The foot ring is most likely the most comfortable aspect, since it protrudes outward far enough from the stools legs to allow space for a shoe or to just catch your heal on.
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It looks absolutely cool, I’m looking for something like that maybe with a back rest, any ideas?
I have seen these Toledo Stools at the Mud coffee shop in Kiehl’s in NYC, and some at a antique store along Houston St, in Soho. Pretty pricey, though at $550.
Yikes! it is really cool though, found some in the restoration hardware site, in the 300s will see what the wife thinks about it, lol. Thanks for the info!