Matsutake stool series
The design of the Matsutake stool series was developed during the period of self-isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The idea to create this series of furniture was inspired by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing's book “The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins”. This book describes the gray areas of globalized commodity chains around matsutake mushro
Tricholoma matsutake – one of the most expensive mushroom on the planet earth. It grows in forests disturbed by anthropogenic activity and by its rarity creates one of the most incredible commodity chains of our time. This chain includes Japanese foodies, capitalist traders, Hmong forest guerrillas, Chinese goat herders, forest guides in Finland, and many more. Against the background of the processes caused by the coronavirus, when a primitive biological species provoked a new Cold War and a global economic crisis, the relationship between humans and biological species is acquiring more sophisticated forms, affecting the economy, politics and ecology. The complexity and ambiguity of these relationships served as the inspiration for the Matsutake series of stools.
The Matsutake stool is made of pine, the only kind of tree with which Tricholoma matsutake forms a symbiosis. Stools are designed in two sizes, 440 mm and 310 mm high. The uncovered mounting units are associated with traditional woodworking techniques and contrast with the solid paint finish. Only local carpenters were involved in the production process, and wood from the local region was used in the manufacture.