The New York Times ran a great feature over the weekend that served up some expert bar seating tips from veteran antiques dealer and bar owner Michael Barrett.
Barrett, who was behind Chelsea Central and China Club in New York, has partnered with art dealer Michael Haber to open Tippler, a giant new bar in a Chelsea cellar complete with vaulted ceilings, exposed bring walls and concrete floors. The dream bar, right?
The height of comfort
However, Cymax readers will be most interested to discover what Barrett looks for in a bar stool.
â€œThe most important thing about a bar stool is comfort,” Barrett told the NYT. “Followed by height: a bar is usually at 42 or 43 inches, a kitchen counter 32 to 36 inches. You need to be able to put your elbows on the counter and hang out.”
Of course, style is also important. Barrett chose two bar stools that would suit his new, stripped-back space. The first, a vintage bar stool with a back and a swivel mechanism, was a beautiful combination of old wood and steel â€“ â€œworks of art,â€ according Barrett. The second was an adjustable height, backless steel counter stool — narrow, so he couldÂ fitÂ more in.
Dark and distressed
He was apparently drawn to old-style designs which were sturdy but comfortable. Dark woods and distressed metals were popular, as were stools that had a crafty look.
If you donâ€™t have access to New Yorkâ€™s back-alley antique dealers, you can emulate Barrettâ€™s style online at Cymax. MoreBarStools has a wide range of classicÂ wooden bar stools and metal bar stools.