Vintage Classic: The Toledo Stool

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The Toledo stool is a classic piece with an industrial aesthetic that can sidle right up to a counter or pub in only about any type of room. The company that designed them was originally a bicycle company that jumped to making furniture began to take over.

Much like bicycle layout, The Toledo Metal Furniture Company’s furniture was designed to stand up to rugged conditions. These stoolswere created in the early 1900s, were made with colleges, industrial stores and draftspeople in mind. Their charming silhouettes and mix of bent metal and wood produce a look that could go vintage industrial, mid-century contemporary, contemporary or traditional. See the way designers are incorporating them into houses today.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc..

This transitional space gains a little quirky personality from the stool.

Schwartz and Architecture

Vintage Toledo Stools incorporate an industrial touch to this fresh kitchen remodel. The metal and wood play the new finishes.

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Here the stools add Industrial-Age personality to the mid-century vibe of the home. The Toledo Metal Furniture Company was hanging timber long before Charles and Ray Eames came together.

Jane Kim Design

This design of the loft was inspired by the streets of Tribeca in addition to the building’s former life as an industrial warehouse. The classic Toledo stools fit right in with all the reclaimed wood, exposed brick and metal finishes. Actually, they might have been used at the building back as it was functioning as a warehouse.

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Jane Kim Design

These stools are not restricted to the kitchen. At precisely the same attic, another classic Toledo provides a perch for placing on one’s face.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

The stools are an integral part of the cabin kitchen’s accumulated aesthetic.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

This slick kitchen has some patina style from the rough-hewn beam, bin pull hardware and Toledo stools.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

The timber on the stools harmonizes with all the wooden table, benches and beams. The smaller stools beside the ottoman have the same aesthetic. The are Contact Stools from CB2.

This is the backless cousin of the Toledo stool. Restoration Hardware now makes reproductions of the two variations, while a search of newly completed auctions on eBay discovered that classic models go for around precisely the same cost as the reproductions.

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