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Gravity Stool by dutch designer jólan van der wiel is on show as part of imm cologne 2012’s [D³] talents programme. the project takes into consideration the laws of physics, departing from the idea that everything is influenced by gravitation. for the series, van der wiel manipulates this natural phenomenon which has a strong shaping effect, exploiting its own power: magnetism.

The ‘Gravity Stool‘ owes its unique shape, which looks organic and almost psychedelic, to the combined powers of magnetic fields and gravity. The combination of the magnet machine with a plastic material, developed especially for this purpose, enables a small but efficient chain of production: the stool is formed by the positioning of opposing magnetic fields in the machine, which largely determine the final shape.

What is common to all objects, industrial products, art works, but more generally every natural entity? For Jolan van der Wiel is a force, the force of gravity, the true “designer” of his stools.

Magnetism and gravity are the key ingredients of the stepladder Gravity Stool of Jolan Wiel: a malleable mass of a composite material made from iron filings and plasticizer. To model the stool just pour the mixture into a mould and placed into a machine, a wooden frame to support guided magnets with pulleys by Jolan.

The magnets stimulate a magnetic reaction on the dough-thanks to the amount of iron content – which is stretched, torn, to be shaped through the polymer component attendances that hardens, becomes structural.

Stools are always different with unpredictable shapes, shaped by gravity, by the randomness and the handedness of Jolan. All very nice and poetic course, with eye-catching shapes and original but some doubt arises immediately. We find ourselves faced with a design object or a new art form? Undoubtedly the product of Jolan from formally tells how the product is made and the intent with which the process was conceived and in addition, the process of creation gives rise to a fascinating debate on self-handling, increasing size in contemporary design. Although the manufacturing process is extremely charming and the stool seems to almost have a life of its own.

Says van der Wiel, “As a designer, I see future potential in the joined cooperative forces combining technology with natural phenomena.” The Gravity Stool gets its unique shape from magnetic fields and the power of gravity.

Using a plastic, actually plastic particles with metal cores, developed especially for the purpose, “the positioning of magnetic fields in the machine, opposing each other, has largely determined the final shape of the Gravity Stool.”

The machine consists of wooden frames and magnets that shape the soft, very malleable plastic. “The forms and products are characterized by the freakish and organic shapes that are so typical of nature itself.”

Jólan van der Wiel

The Gravity Stool thanks its unique shape to the cooperation between magnetic fields and the power of gravity.

Departing from the idea that everything is influenced by gravitation, a force that has a strongly shaping effect, I intended to manipulate this natural phenomenon by exploiting its own power: magnetism. The positioning of the magnetic fields in the machine, opposing eachother, has largely determined the final shape of the Gravity Stool.

It is the combination of the magnetmachine with the plastic material, developed especially for this purpose, that enabled me to start a small but efficient chain of production. The forms and products are characterized by the freakisch and organic shapes that are so typical of nature itself.

As a designer, I see future potential in the joined cooperative forces combining technology with natural phenomena. It is my believe that developing new “tools” is an important means of inspiring and allowing new forms to take shape.

DMY Awards:

Departing from the idea that everything is necessarily influenced by gravity, a force that exerts a powerful shaping effect, Jólan van der Wiel intended to manipulate this natural phenomenon by exploiting the force underlying its own power: magnetism. The positioning of the magnetic fields in the machine, in opposition to one another, determines the final shape of the Gravity Stool. Jólan’s products are characterized by their freakish and organic shapes, forms that are in fact so typical of nature itself.

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Name: Gravity
Type: Stool
Materials: Plastic
Materials Combination: Polyethylene / Plastic / Fiberglass + Color, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: Varies
Colour: Mix / Multi Color
Year: 2012
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Awards:

  • 2012 D3 contest Cologne Awards – Interior Innovation – gravity stool – 1st prize
  • 2012 Nomination Talent Munich – gravity stool
  • 2012 DMY Awards Berlin – Winner

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Furniture Designer: Jólan van der Wiel
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Jólan van der Wiel, DMY Awards
Images: © Jólan van der Wiel, Peter Lipton

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