They are the hosting equivalent of an ice-breaker: hardworking little designs that promise to open up your space and help guests to feel at home. But a modern barstool doesn’t just offer conviviality in spades. With the option to cloak their backrest in soft Italian leather, they offer a shot of sumptuous comfort, too. We recommend kicking things off with the Montera collection by Poltrona Frau. Or else, Gubi’s bestselling Beetle Bar Chair. We will warn you though, with their sinuous curves and soft upholstery, these beloved designer barstools might just become your new favourite seat in the house.