Clearly inspired by the squat, rounded shape of a wild mushroom, the Mushroom Stool was actually designed back in 1961 to be entered into a design competition in Japan. It was only in the past few years that the product has come to the market commercially, perhaps reflecting a chance in consumer tastes. The stool is made out of mahogany plywood that has been bent into the sinuous, twisting final product. It would be a beautiful accent piece to add to a room in which the primary wood is also mahogany, highlighting a desk or coffee table. The designer notes that the stool itself can serve as the base of a table, with a glass sheet placed on top. Price: $550.