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History Culminates In Contemporary Bar Stools

May 30, 2008
Contemporary furniture is a form of furniture design that has grown out of thousands of years of a furniture history rife with utilitarian focus and a downplaying of the aesthetic factors. Contemporary designs are largely defined as those having been conceived after the Second World War, and these designs continue into present day. Contemporary designs are usually the same as those classified as modern; this is despite the fact that the latter label is often used to describe more recent designs, usually from the 1960's onward.

Bar stools are one of those contemporary furniture pieces that have changed drastically in some cases from their original form as a simple four-legged, no-backed seat. Certainly, these original bar stools have continued into modern bars, homes and dens because of their unusual form as seating. In some cases, these stools are not even put into general use as a seat but just used as a decorative tool in many different parts of the house. The fact that bar stools, during the current sweep of contemporary furniture design, have changed so drastically from their original form means that their owners have found more and more appropriate places to put them.

The contemporary bar stool may feature several things that the original bar stool did not; footrests, backrests, adjustable height seating, and armrests. In a sense, these modern pieces are more like elevated chairs than they are bar stools; nevertheless the classification persists and a veritable class of connoisseurs who thrive on picking out the strangest bar stools of the litter. Leopard print seats and backs, swivel stools, plastic body-hugging seated stools, even the classic design redone in a fold-up pattern are available for sale and can be found in all kinds of environments all over the world.

Contemporary bar stools have brought new life into what seemed to be a very rigid design. This change in the bar stool has not only brought it places it never could be found before (like the den, living room or bedroom) but the new designs were brought into the old locations. Bars became trendier, more modern places to come for a drink or a bite to eat after work, and the modern bar stool reflected this new approach to an old idea and place of business. Often, the bar stools themselves will speak volumes about the kind of pub or lounge you have happened upon. The stiff, classic bar stool suggests a classic bar; a soft, comfortable and artistic bar stool suggests a more relaxed atmosphere, perhaps a more upscale place where the customers might be expected to dress up a little more than usual.

Wherever they are found, the style and form of bar stool can stand for more than just contemporary furniture design.
About the Author
Stellar Stevens is an expert in the contemporary and modern furniture industry, bar stools being one of her favourite items. For more information, visit http://www.uk-contemporary-furniture.co.uk/bar-stools/
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