I have to admit to a love / hate relationship with Philippe Starck’s work… most of his designs seem largely superficial, paying only passing consideration to issues of functionality or ergonomics. But truth be told, the guy captures wit and charm in a hunk of plastic as few designers can. His Prince Aha Stool for Kartell (1999) is a modern classic, bridging the gap between fun and function in amazingly versatile ways. We’ve used these indoors and out as seating and side tables; the high-quality plastic and sophisticated color options work well in just about any setting. Sure they’re getting ubiquitous, but for all the right reasons.