Mario Botta, Swiss Architect, designed this in '89. It's a big, sexy column made of some great materials (wood, steel, 35cmx35cmx120cm). The top also flips out so as to create a desk area. Not made out of sustainably forested wood but very durable,multi-functional, timelessly styled and recyclable/compostable. Would look great with a nice, tall stool.
:: Mario's site