My current favorite stool is newly available from England and a vintage design from their vault. Handmade by Ercol north of London, the seat is rounded and generous, while the legs are thin and spare. The whole thing is sort of an English spin on Shaker. Made of ash and beech the design is based on the stools used by draughtsmen to sit at their drawing boards in the Ercol design studio in the 1950's. It comes in many finishes and six colors.