Lately I have been recommending to several of my clients the Baker stool by IMO. Simple and honest, this stool is made of solid oak on the seat top and legs, while the seat base and foot rest is in raw or powder coated aluminium. This solid and robust piece was a design finalist in the Home NZ magazine Design Awards 2013 and is now available in several colours and materials. What's even better is that it's made in New Zealand. Two thumbs up.
Photographs via IMO.