Three Stools (Samples)
Three Stools (Samples) is a series of solid stools cast from 100% recycled corrugated cardboard pulp, finished with natural tung oil and beeswax. Originating from an interest in re-purposing post-consumer waste, the stools were initially shaped by hand. Ultimately, computer aided processes were utilized to both derive the final shapes and to produce the water-jet cut aluminum molds in which the stools were cast. In addition to the natural finish, variations are stained with natural dyes derived from plants including beet, kale, and coffee.
The precedents for Three Stools (Samples) can be seen in both the series of three walnut stools designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1960, and the cardboard furniture first popularized in the design world by Frank Gehry’s Easy Edges furniture series, such as the Wiggle Stool from 1972. Like the Eames’ stools, Three Stools (Samples) is reminiscent of the traditional African stool and can simultaneously serve as seating, side tables or art objects.
CLIENT: Pasadena Art Alliance
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Jeremy Schacht, Daniel Choi, Albert Escobar, Kevin Pazmina, David Burns, Arthur Zohrabians
PHOTOGRAPHER: Peter Tolkin