10 Stools Made out of Wood
The 10 100 1000 Beirut is a competition launched in Lebanon, open to all talents in the worldwide design scene. In the initial concept, Francisco Torres and La Metropolitana invited 10 contemporary Mexican designers to create a stool under the same brief: One stool made out of wood; designed to fit a 35 x 35 x 35 cardboard box, to be built using Metropolitana’s construction techniques.
The project’s goal is to create an affordable collection, reachable to a wider audience, while at the same time representative of mexican design. The collection also aimed to generate a dialogue between the mexican design community and the public.
Approaching this concept, Squad Design similarly aims to create an affordable collection, reachable to a wider audience, at the same time shed light over the vintage wood production process, from basic wood joinery to the very last detail of wood craftsmanship.
Accordingly, Squad Design launched a competition during the Beirut Design Week 2014, which is a reinterpretation of the 10 100 1000 concept as part of its continuous talent scouting that was initiated 2 years ago.
The drawings submitted will be curated by our jury and/or main curator (Francisco Torres); a fine selection of 10 pieces will be chosen. Squad will then move to the next phase of production in collaboration with “Wood Factory SARL” and exhibiting these pieces later around end of 2014.
“Only 10 pieces will be chosen, 100 pieces of each would be produced”.
This stool is a simple everyday object. By a sliding system, an extension will appear to accommodate different uses.
This extra feature makes it multipurpose, as it can be turned into a bench for two persons, or used as a coffee stool for coffee lovers, or for all your weird little hobbies.
The concept was developed in a way that you can create your own experience.
This stool has enough charm to fit in any contemporary or traditional space.
The shape of this piece is conceived with an architectural approach to remind us of the traditional Lebanese house, considering the arch as one of the main architectural elements.
It was drawn to maintain the simplicity by the removal of the ornaments and the preservation of the primary shape, making it more adaptable in contemporary environment.
To create a stool… How simple does that sound? But, challenge an interior architecture student with that problematic, and his world ill turn upside down. He will start facing all the “Whys”, the conceptual ideas, the multifunctional approaches… Then the sketches, the models, and end up sometimes with some fierce refusal.
When Elie El Hajj started creating his project, he stated, and I quote: “I love hunting, and I love to be able to sit in nature. I want to create my own stool!” This approach, emerging from a person need, triggered his mind to come up with a system that is aligned with the problematic of the contest “10 100 1000”.\
The collaboration between USEK (Université Saint Esprit de Kaslik) and Squad Design, is the fruit of an eagerness to open doors for young talents in the framework of a design workshop supervised by a teacher. “10 100 1000” is the beginning of a reflection, and an access to the professional world.
And amongst all these designers, a student stood out and forced himself in turning the contest onto “11 100 1000”.
“NIDO” derives its name from the Italian “Nido D’Ape” which means “Bee’s Nest” simply because of its resemblance to that of a Bee’s nest or even a Honey Dipper.
The main idea behind NIDO was to “Add more value” to this object in a way that it will be perceived as “something more than just a stool” which in this case it is created through a rather “sophisticated look” which will give more meaning to NIDO and make it usable not only as a simple stool but also a coffee table a side table beside a couch.
Another added value of NIDO is its possibility to be used as a magazine rack or newspaper holder thanks to its particular shape.
Nido is composed of 6 wooden discs made out of Avodire wood. The two discs, at the very top and at the bottom are fixed, whilst the four other discs in the middle can spin around a vertical axis, on which all the discs are stacked on top of each other. There are two hollow spaces between each pair of moving discs which will be used as a storage place for a newspaper or a magazine.
Referring to horology, a movement is known as a “calibre”, in few words it’s the “process of time”.
“Calibre 32” is the wheel train transmitting the force of the power source to the escapement; in our case, back in time to the glories of Lebanese civilization, age of the old architecture and the traditional tiles rarely existing nowadays in Beirut, creating an interactive asset for a successful concept where structures, shapes, patterns materials and colors meet.
“Calibre 32” is a circular stool composed of multiple leftovers wooden pieces varying in sizes, accumulated together in order to form the base and the top using vintage joinery in an artisanal marquetry style.
This concentric combination of 32 elements makes an entire entity. The main objective of the concept is to urge our society with its different religions, doctrines, mentalities, communities, etc. to get united; once united, we make the difference keeping the wheel moving straight forward to improve.
D4 – a D form 4 position stool, bedside table, bench, step, or multiple form stack of shelves, D 4 allow play and variation with one simple module, shift to side or back to allow different sitting positions.
De Bout en Bout is a stool made entirely of beech wood. The end grain extends from the top to form the legs below, giving the impression of a single block of wood from end to end.
“I wanted to design a stool with simple and subtle joints while taking advantage of the aesthetics and durability of the distinctive end grain. The squares on the top create a unique pattern each time the stool is produced, thus underlining the singular aspect of wood.
Through the organic and ergonomic forms of the piece, I wanted to express softness, roundness and comfort.”
“EQUILIBRIUM”, is a stool design solution conceived to emphasis the essence integrity and coexistence through the balance between the negative and positive feelings.
The design is composed of two stools solutions, overlapping, intersecting and complementary with each other’s. The two design elements, striped wooden shape structure, are represented in a simple figure which comprises a 4 rectangular profiles wood elements each; they are complementary when combined to form a compact cubical shaped stool.
The combination of Avodire and Beech wood was chosen for each element creating a slight contrast between the two pieces.
Influenced by a Poem written by the Lebanese writer Gebran Khalil Gebran,”A tear and A smile” where it accentuates on the significance of a tear as much of a smile:
“I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart For the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes To flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would that my life remain a tear and a smile. A tear to purify my heart and give me understanding Of life’s secrets and hidden things. A smile to draw me nigh to the sons of my kind and To be a symbol of my glorification of the gods.”
Approaching the conceived design through the exposure on the human behavior, Equillibrium represents the paradox of those two sensations which cannot but to be balanced, which are the tear and the smile.
The design reflected in its concept this balance, through the different finishes and materials; the contrast of the two used wood types making the design complementary and coherent.
Halo is a stool inspired by the shape of the symbol it is named after. Designed to fit in any surrounding, its continuous ergonomic shape and warm material convey the impression of floating away and invite you to have a seat and interact with our environment as well as with each other.
Traditionally crafted in solid beech wood with no bolts or screws, it is topped with a curved seat for more comfort seamlessly integrated in the wooden legs.
The cylinder-shaped hole that peaks through the seat creates a delicate and visually engaging detail while offering a practical space to hold and carry the stool easily. The light and soothing natural color of the beech wood bodes well with the purity of the lines all the while bringing a soft touch to an elegantly sober piece.
Meet Laika, the fellow-traveler stool; born ready, no glue nor screw, take a seat and take off! The asymmetry of the design gives this stool its character. Romanced by the tints of Okoume, Laika is designed to make you smile.
Ideal for reading, sipping coffee and contemplating; this three-legged Sputnik is your best friend. You can instantly feel the bonding when its legs are complemented with that of yours transforming you two into one.
Le Corbusier points out that a chair or a stool is essentially defined by its main function: “something to sit on”. A stool is also an object of beauty; a stool is “to be looked at”, to display intricate carvings and precise workmanship. A chair design can express an artistic statement or be a “power seat” like a king’s throne for example.
Concept of Stool Design:
“Reverence” translates as a bow or curtsy. A ballerina dancer at the end of the show tucks one foot behind the other, bends her knees, and lowers her body in respect. Having this in mind, the concept behind the stool design was inspired along with its name, “Reverence”.
The stool design submitted generates a dialogue, expresses a gesture, a bow. Reverence represents an evocative twist on basic geometric forms. Its three crossing legs joined at the center are both sculptural and expressive. There’s more than one expression.
The stool legs, in the position they are, represent the balance and serenity accompanying the stool as a whole. While there is no back, the edges of the stool are gradually incremental in their slopes.
This stool takes inspiration from a standing bull and seeks to transmit the pride in its stance through sleek strong minimalistic surfaces.
Its multipurpose design includes a mechanism that allows the seating area to rise up and gain height through a key and hole locking system, giving the user more flexibility and options.
A mixture of Beech and Okoume wood adds appeal and lightness to the cubic proportions come together through variably spaced half dovetail joinery
10 100 1000 is a project developed by La Metropolitana and the designer Francisco Torres, who invited 10 contemporary Mexican designers to create a stool under the same brief: One stool made out of wood; designed to fit a 35 x 35 x 35 cardboard box, to be built using Metropolitana’s construction techniques.
All the pieces in this collection were made at La Metropolitana’s woodshop, located in the heart of Mexico City. All the wood used in the process is environmentally certified and finished with natural waxes developed by the studio.
One stool made out of wood, designed to fit inside a 35 x 35 x 35 cardboard box, to be built using vintage wood construction techniques. The entrant should have a choice among 3 types of wood: Avodire, Beech, Okoume
Designers invited: Ariel Rojo, Cecilia León de la Barra, Christian Vivanco, Ediciones Jalapa, Jorge Diego Etienne, La Metropolitana, Moisés Hernández, Oscar Núñez, Priscilla Tierno, Sebastián Ocampo”
Name: 10 Stools Made out of Wood
Materials: 3 types of wood: Avodire, Beech, Okoume
Materials Combination: Wood, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: designed to fit inside a 35 x 35 x 35 cardboard box
Colors: Natural Color
- ARCUS By Charbel Gharibeh and Stephanie Sayar – Lebanon
- GRIP By Elie El Hajj
- NIDO By Hamid Bekradi
- THE CALIBRE 32 STOOL By Richard Yasmine
- THE D4 STOOL By Wissem Nochi
- THE DE BOUT EN BOUT STOOL By Nadine Hajjar
- THE EQUILLIBRIUM STOOL By Jamil Ghanem
- THE HALO STOOL By Carla Baz
- THE LAIKA STOOL By Andre Mcheileh
- THE REVERENCE By Charles Nakhle
- THE UROCHINO STOOL By Joseph Kfoury – Beirut, LEBANON
Manufacturer: Squad Design – Street 73, Industrial Zone, Bauchrieh, Beirut, Lebanon 901021
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