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If, as has been said, one's choice of cocktail reflects one's own very personal style then so, too, does the seat on which it's enjoyed. When it comes to barstools, aesthetic appeal and uniform seat height (which should be 30 inches, give or take) are the only considerations. This high-style stunner from Philippe Starck was inspired by 18th-century French furniture—but handcrafted in lightweight aluminum. It was initially created for the Paris fusion restaurant Kong. A sure sign of conviviality, the barstool translates seamlessly from fashionable restaurant to sophisticated home. In fact, many of today's best-looking chairs first debuted at the chicest boîtes around the world. Take restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, for example, who has given serious thought to seating in places from Paris to Paradise Island. His advice? "Barstools have to be comfortable, whether you're having dinner or a nightcap."
KONG BY PHILIPPE STARCK
Handmade lightweight aluminum. $2,080-$3,720. Emeco, 800-366-5951; www.emeco.net.
LE SPIGHE BY CLAUDIO SILVESTRIN
Swiveling leather seat and hickory back. $1,530-$1,620. Poltrona Frau, 212-7777592; www.poltronafrau.com.
BARSTOOL BY JACKSON SIEGEL AARON
Oak with nickel-plated metal. $ $4,500. Jackson Siegel Aaron, 800-797-5721; www.jacksonsiegelaaron.com. Oak with nickel-plated metal. $ $4,500. Jackson Siegel Aaron, 800-797-5721; www.jacksonsiegelaaron.com.
PARIS BARSTOOL BY VICENTE WOLF
Natural or ebonized oak, available in custom lacquer finishes. $3,500-$3,800. VW Home, 212-244-5008; www.vw-home.com.
TRACTOR STOOL BY BASSAMFELLOWS
Carved from solid ash, walnut, or teak. $1,300-$1,500. R 20th Century, 212-343-7979; www.r20thcentury.com.
LAZY STOOL '05 BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA
Fabric- or leather-upholstered seat, available in a range of colors. $585-$960. B&B Italia USA, 800-872-1697; www.bebitalia.it.
DUNE BY CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE
Natural hickory and leather. $ $1,420. Holly Hunt, 312-661-1900; www.hollyhunt.com.
$ Establishment accepts no charge/credit cards or accepts cards other than the American Express Card.