The Multi-Purpose Ottoman

 

Clockwise from top left: Oliver Gustav, Norma Skurka NYT, Rose Uniacke, Vogue

 

The ottoman, once relegated to playing sidekick to a matching armchair, is increasingly being used as a stylish–and highly useful–stand-alone piece.  Here are some favorites.

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Mario Bellini's Camaleonda Ottoman, from the 1970s modular seating series, is a perennial favorite.  Often sold as part of a set, the ottman can be found as an individual piece starting at around $2,000.  Keep an eye out here and here.

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Restoration Hardware's Belgian Slipcovered Ottoman is a streamlined take on a traditional style; $695 - $1,650.

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Franco Albini Ottoman; $483 for small, $539 for large.

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A traditional, turned leg version shown in a wide stripe (offered in many fabric options), Serena & Lily's Chelsea Ottoman; $998.

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Also from RH, the Cooper Square Ottoman, a simple modern design in Belgian linen.  The larger size is scaled for use as a coffee table; $450 - $1,095.

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Normann Copenhagen's Circus Velvet Pouf; $693 for small, $979 for large.