Handcrafted Dual Function Tipsy Stools are Made from 100% Sustainably Harvested Wood

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Chicago-based Tinsel & Timber just released their latest design: the Tipsy Stool, a handcrafted chair that doubles as a side table. Made from 100% sustainably harvested wood, the Tipsy Stool is set atop a powder coated steel wire base and is available in Walnut or Maple. Each stool is made in their Chicago studio and is hand finished with natural oil and wax. The Tipsy Stool retails for $249; Tinsel & Timber plant a tree through their partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation for each product sold.

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