“All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow” – Grant Wood.
The stool is simple, however boasts a unique image through the contrasted tones of cork and ply, with the addition of a smart strip of bright stainless steel that belts the whole thing together like a ribbon. The design, while incorporating an industrial element of steel strapping typically used in packaging and transport industries for its function, now heralds its attractive and simple nature as a decorative addition, while still acting as the key to the assembly without which the product would merely be parts without a whole. The stool is both light in weight and in its visual image, the legs are slim and the negative space that the legs create offers to its lightness. The leg simplicity is only interrupted by the stacking nodule that protrudes from the leg to offer a point for which stools can sit on top of one another, also adding a visual point of interest. The stool is a package of parts – simple, unusual and functional – giving a new vision to the humble three-legged stool.
The product is also environmentally friendly. Materials used in the stool are either from recycled parts or are recyclable themselves. The cork used in the stool design is made from recycled wine bottle cork stops that have been collected, crushed into different grades of particle, and then compressed in slabs of 100 mm x 600 mm x 1000 mm using a polyurethane glue. The plywood is Russian Birch plywood and made with plantation birch and laminated together with phenol (A) bonding agent, which is low in formaldehyde. Lastly the stainless steel strapping is 100% recyclable through melting it into new stainless steel products.