A unique furniture exploration utilizing 100% wool felt and its ability to provide comfort and integrity, steel and its structural capabilities, and poly-urethane resin as a hardening and form-setting medium.
Our goal was to build something with a modern aesthetic, light construction, and playful form.
After exploring forms and becoming familiar with characteristics of metal wire, we transitioned into working with true steel rod and chose felt as a unique secondary material.
With design finalized, and jigs designed, we produced 15 total stools.
Wool felt is a soft, moldable material, and is therefore not known for its rigidity. We wanted to utilize the message of softness and comfort offered by felt, but also find a way to use it as a structural material.
To form the seat of the stool, each layer of felt is hand-cut using a knife and a wooden jig.
To form each seat, resin is applied between two layers of felt to both strengthen the material, and maintain the integral softness on the outer layers.
In order to attach the seat to the metal frame, a small segment of metal rod is placed between the two layers of felt to create a ledge for the frame to snap over.
When production was completed, a furniture design sale was held to both showcase and sell off the stools. Within the first half of the show, our stool sold out.