StyleNorth reader Natasha wrote to me last week seeking help identifying the barstools at left. It took me about 30 seconds to track them down using a method I take for granted but it occurred to me that some of you may not be familiar with the power of Google image search, which lets you search visually for something you can describe but don’t know the name of.
In this case, I searched for “x back barstools” searching under images rather than web. A quick scroll down the page revealed a near-perfect match and the image then linked directly to the manufacturer, American furniture maker, Ballard Designs. Called the Constance, Natasha’s beloved stools come in three finishes, counter-height or bar-height priced at $189 and $199 USD respectively. My search for a Toronto retailer of the Constance was less successful but I’ve written to Ballard asking for a list of Canadian distributors. I know I’ve seen this stool/chair on my scouting trips but can’t for the life of me remember where.
The point is, using the right search method can make all the difference. I do the same thing using 1stdibs.com or furniture love or Scandinavian Modern when I find an anonymous vintage piece that I think might be by someone important; that process takes longer but is a lot more fun because the merch is so ravishing; it’s also a great way to train your eye and hone your taste.