New Classics: The LEM Piston Stool

Introduced in 2000, the glossy LEM Piston Stool immediately became a favorite of interior architects and designers. Its stainless steel base adds glow and plays fine with the ever-popular stainless steel appliances. Its sinuous lines include just the ideal amount of curve to a room filled with clean, contemporary lines. Its lower back tucks right beneath a countertop, preserving that particular clean line. And its versatile adjustment capacity means that you can transfer it in the bar to the staircase. Still not convinced? Have a peek at how well it tucks into a selection of rooms.

John Maniscalco Architecture

The LEM stool was designed by a husband and wife design team, Shin (trained as a commercial designer) and Tomoko (trained as an architect and furniture designer) Azumi. Even though their professional and personal associations have dissolved, their invention holds a permanent place in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Bruce Wright

The stool is a great option for minimalists due to its simple silhouette and how it can blend into a room. Have a look at the way the chrome lines of this LEM from the timber background relate to the lines onto the cupboard hardware in the background.

Robert Young Architects

The same is true of this white leather version. For the chair, you are able to choose between leather, stainless steel, and timber (blanched oak or dark walnut).

Sullivan Design Studio

If you want the stool to be noticed, you may choose a color that contrasts with the background.

Ehrenclou Architects

One of the best features of this LEM stool is it may go from counter height (26.5″) to bar height (31″). It has a piston system for adjusting the height, such as those fun chairs at the hair salon.

John Maniscalco Architecture

The LEM stools include their subtle curves to an open kitchen/dining space filled with straight lines.

DNM Architect

Here the LEM stools operate well with another brand new classic we have already discussed, the fucsia pendant light.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Perhaps you have noticed that some of the designers have placed this seat under pendulous light fixtures? This image is a great one for seeing why: The straight lines of the stools’ stands finish off a ceiling-to-floor line which starts where the wires connect to the ceiling.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

The blanched-oak version of the stools stick out from the darkened kitchen island foundation. It’s all part of the area’s sophisticated mix of woods, finishes and colours.

Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]

The LEM stool can go futuristic in a Jetsons-esque type of way.

Bruce Wright

LEM stools are a perfect selection for this area’s great mix of powerful straight lines and curves.

Mal Corboy Design

Here the stools blend in with the stainless background, allowing the fearless L-shape of this white waterfall counter stick out.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

Caramel leather looks rich in this gorgeous bar area.

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