Milk Can Redux: Hammered Metal Stools

Milk Can Redux: Hammered Metal Stools

Tess Wilson
Jun 20, 2011

The first 19 summers of my life were spent on my grandparents' farm: cousins, creek swimmin', calf wranglin', river walkin', chorin', and when we were ready to get out of the heat, pool & pinball tournaments in the basement. We drank Dr. Pepper and awaited our turns, perched on my grandpa's old milk cans. These handmade stools have the same timeless charm, without that rusty ridge…

The "Medina" stool by CocoMålé Interiors is available through Not On The High Street (it's currently sold-out through CocoMålé). They were praised in the June 2011 issue of Elle Decor UK as perfect relaxed summer dining accessories: "Easily transported outside when the weather turns fine, they double as tables when teamed with casual floor cushions". The stools featured in the magazine, however, have plain hammered tops, whereas the "Medina" stools they recommend have elaborately patterned tops which are evocative of Saudia Arabia, where they are made. Has anyone seen plain ones around? The closest I could find is the one in the fourth photo, by Kathy Kuo Designs, but I prefer the hourglass shape of the others. I definitely prefer the stools with plain tops, as they could work with a wide variety of styles: country, Scandinavian, modern, industrial, and more.

That's another thing about using milk cans as seating (just in case you were considering investing): they always look like milk cans, you can't un-countrify them. Handmade, sleek-yet-old-world, stylish yet sturdy, metal drum stools look like they could even survive my 34 cousins. Maybe.

Images: Elle Decor UK photo by Marjon Hoogervorst/Tavern Agency, magazine shots by Tess Wilson, curved stool from Kathy Kuo Designs, milk cans from Woodco

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