Certain objects have a beautiful simplicity of design that marks a perfect union of form and function. The humble milking stool is the ultimate example — why bother with four legs when you really only need three? The universal design is appealing both in its antique truly-used-for-milking-cows form and in the many riffs by designers from the mid-century through today.
1. Milking stools from vintage to modern
2. An antique milking stool in Darryl Carter's Virginia House
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