The VITRA “Stool tool” by Konstantin Grcic, is a multi-functional furniture solution for the workplace, uniting a chair and a table in a single object. Adaptable for use as both a striking solo piece or in multiple groupings, the monolithic furniture features step-like platforms to accommodate different seating heights and a wide range of uses.
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The project of the Milan-based architecture studio consists of two big side walls with a series of settings, spaces and situations strictly connected to the working environment: from the meeting room to the break-out area, from the conference room to the company restaurant without forgetting the waiting areas.
The collection – finished by her practice, Zaha Hadid Architects – references mid-century furniture through its use of wood rather than Hadid’s typical material of choice, clear acrylic. Walnut, chosen for its colour, is curved into Hadid’s famous fluid and sinuous lines. The designer aimed to create sturdy pieces that appear lightweight.
An “arch brace” is a curved piece of wood that acts as a secondary fixing to strengthen the structure. A series of arch braces in their purest application have been used to create the chair’s minimal form negating the need for a cross structure making it lighter, leaner and allowing the curved seat pan to appear to float in the middle of the frame.