The creative challenge was to look at furnishing from a different perspective and create a unique stool that will differ from anything that exist in the market. I wanted to challenge people's perceptions about standards and take a somewhat surprising, fun and innovative approach.
The concepts exploration was focused on simplicity, functionality and repetition of the elements, trying to find the curve that would look elegant and have the correct proportions to be able to support someone’s weight. 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. After making some corrections the final decision was made and I began to work on a full-sized plywood model.
The first step in the construction process was building the mold that the stool parts would be formed on. Many layers of veneers were glued and placed on the mold in the vacuum bag. Once they came out, they were trimmed and the edges were sanded. Finally, a few layers of clear coat were applied.