modern barstools

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Sleek and chic or warm and well-worn, today's most talked-about bars combine comfort and class. And the modern barstool still bears that age-old burden of propping patrons up, no matter how long they've been imbibing.

Horizontal lines at the Dim Sum Bar in Quito (pictured above), are echoed by the counter stools beneath the bar. 

hangar 41 bar

Image from Hangar 41

Hangar 41 in Antwerp (pictured above) is modeled after a classic Euro cafe, with just enough mod accents to cater to the design-savvy Dutchman. We love backless barstools for casual entertaining - these designs can be simply tucked away neatly under the bar when not in use.

modern upholstered barstools

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A table at Singapore's much coveted Waku Ghin, pictured above, can be hard to come by...but a masterfully crafted cocktail can be found quite easily in the bar.

breakfast nook stools

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Bars need not be for drinks only. Also in Singapore, breakfast joint Hatched (pictured above) uses natural materials to give the space a fresh, early morning feel. 

To get the "hot spot" look at home, search first for designs that are versatile, comfortable and durable: 

bar counter stools

Clockwise from top left: Kaffina Modern Black with Wood 34-Inch Barstool, Set of 2 Zuo Modern Marius Gunmetal Barstools, Zuo Twin Peaks Wood Metal 41 3/4-Inch Counter Chair, Tickle Zuo Gray Counter Stool, Yohkoh Modern Chrome and Walnut 17 1/4-Inch Wide Barstool

For the home bar, breakfast nook or kitchen, 24 to 26 inch counter height swivel stools are generally a good option. The rustic look of worn finishes and warm leathers ages well and looks particularly good in an industrial-style setting. Lastly, grab a friend or family member and a drink or snack--good company is the best accompaniment to good design.     

Images: Arch Daily, Hangar 41, Travel & Leisure, Lady Iron Chef