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Guest Picks: Empire X-Stools

It amazes me that something which fits well into modern insides existed thousands of years ago. The first known X-stools were made by the ancient Egyptians as fold-up, mobile chairs with leather chairs. Later, in ancient Rome, the curule chair — named allegedly in the word “chariot” — which is closer to the design we recognize today as the empire feces, was widely used as a symbolic throne of power for government officials.

During the Napoleonic age of France, the Empire design motion found inspiration from ancient Rome with closely emblematic motifs like eagles, mythical figures, bees, lions and swans. The curule chairs also became an iconic design. That’s, in turn, more commonly the age with which these chairs are associated.

The clean, symmetrical lines are both elegant yet understated and can easily fit inside our modern day lifestyles. The next selection of X-stools are achievable to all price points since there are pieces available from big box stores to discerning antiques stores. — Lauren from Fourth Floor Walk

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler X-bench, Ireland Avocado – $595

Jonathan Adler’s X-stool upholstered in a strong color like this is a terrific way to create an impression, especially in a small area in which the floor plan is constrained.

Clayton Gray Home

Tennyson Linen Stool, Turquoise – $775

The Tennyson Linen Stool from Arteriors Home comes in four different colour cloths, but my favorite is that the turquoise. I tend to enjoy a hit of colour when it comes to my upholstery, and vibrant blues are feeling very fresh recently.


Pair Of 1940s-1950s Stainwood Upholstered Benches Of X-Form

I love this set of X-stools; they just ooze glamour. Wouldn’t they make a beautiful addition to a master suite if set at the foot of a richly dressed mattress?


Curule-Style Rattan Stool – $399

Add a bit of oriental flair into your house with this rattan seat curule-style stool.


Vintage Danish Brass Folding Propeller Stool With Leather Seat

This Danish Brass Folding Propeller Stool with leather chair has a strong sense of masculinity — perfect for any bachelor pad.


Swedish Empire Hand Carved And Painted Oak Curule Seat

This 19th century Swedish curule stool with upholstered chair is superbly aged and ready to be paired with an equally amazing vanity.


X-Base Stool – $299

Inspired by 19th century European designs, these X-stools by Wisteria are a fantastic mix of casual sophistication with an antiqued finish and complex lines.

Miso Soup Design

Za Stool

The Za stool is a modern interpretation of the X-stool with its sleek lines and natural finish. What makes it unique is its ability to divide into two components to easily be stacked and stored.

Clayton Gray Home

Artificial Pony Stool, Gray – $640

This metallic X-stool is the best complement to any conventional or modern room. The artificial pony provides an eclectic look.

Super Rural

X-Bench Pair – $1,500

X-stools within this bright orange-poppy print are an amazing combination of classic and trendy.


Italian Neoclassical Giltwood Tabouret or Footstool

This 19th century footstool is the perfect Tony Duquette–motivated piece.


Espresso Faux Leather Bench – $92.99

At a fantastic value, this faux leather X-stool with espresso finish and dark upholstery is modern.

Restoration Hardware

Neoclassical Rondelle Tufted Stool Burlap – $295

This X-stool was upholstered in burlap with tacks that offer this classic a completely relaxed texture, all of the while staying true to the formal shape.

Ballard Designs

X-Bench – $179

Ballard Designs’ fully upholstered X-stool is customizable with numerous fabric options, and customers can even provide their own cloth.


Empire Vanity Stool From Charles Hollis Jones

This elegant and sculptural brass stool with initial white leatherette chair is my favorite.

Pottery Barn

Davies Kilim Stool – $249

This rustic design stool is a fantastic chair to pull out for celebrations, as it could fold up and be stowed away as soon as the party’s over.


Boldly-Scaled Pair Of Continental Biedermeier Burl Benches

A boldly-scaled set of Biedermeier-style curule chairs, within an equally amazing burled birch complete, are really exceptional.

Restoration Hardware

Toscane Nailhead Bench – $395

An interesting interpretation with the nail heads and greatly cushioned chair, Restoration Hardware’s X-stool takes a formal design to a comfy and casual level.


Leopard Animal Print Accent Stool – $59.99

Together with the fearless style of the leopard upholstery along with the classic silhouette, I would say this is a great chair for the purchase price.

Pottery Barn

Sea Grass Stool, Honey – $129

The relaxing summertime sunroom is calling for a bit of formal style with this textural seagrass bench by Pottery Barn.

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