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first piece of the L-series
- I wanted to challenge people's perceptions about standards and took a surprising, fun and innovative approach.
L-Stool is a unique and intriguing piece of furniture, different from anything that exists today.
The idea of the L-Stool is based on my childhood memories, when we used to lift a friend by holding hands and creating a seat. Four parts of the stool overlapping each other create a strong structure able to support a person's weight, imitating four woven hands.
Four identical separate parts create a lightweight yet strong seat. Each part is nesting on another, holding and supporting the next. One part can not be strong and steady enough, but with the support of other three it creates a stable structure. The more weight put on the stool, the stronger it becomes because of its unique interlocking structure.
L-Stool is a symbol of support and care.
Its name is based on its appearance and meaning. The shape of each part refers to the letter "L" which stands for "Love".
Intriguing design, minimalistic style, fun and functionality are the key words for the L-Stool.
- The concepts exploration was focused on simplicity, functionality and repetition of the elements.
- To refine and visualize the design I used 3D modeling software, rapid prototype models, paper mock-ups, a scaled plywood model and full-size foam-core mock-ups, trying to find the ideal curve that would look elegant and have the correct proportions to be able to support someone's weight.
- Various materials and manufacturing methods can be used to produce the L-Stool.
- The construction process began by building the mold that the stool parts would be formed on. Many layers of veneers were glued and placed on the mold in a vacuum bag. Once they came out, they were trimmed and the edges were sanded. Finally, a few layers of clear coat were applied.
- This 4-legged stool is easy to assemble and requires no tools.
- It works!
- Detached the pieces take up a very little room for storage or shipping. In case of damage, it would be easier to replace a single part instead of fixing and replacing a whole stool. Also, it allows users to create their own design by buying the parts in various colors and materials then mixing and matching them.