Gallery: Jólan van der Wiel’s Amazing Stools are Shaped Using Magnetic ...

Photo © Jólan van der Wiel

After an investigation into what he could do with gravity and magnetic fields, Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel created these peculiar seats by fusing raw materials with the two natural forces. Called ‘Gravity Stools’, each seat is formed using a specially made machine that uses gravity and magnets, instead of electricity. Made from a mix of plastics and iron shavings, these fantastic sustainable designs are unique, low-impact and an inimitable explosion of color.

Drawing from the idea that everything is influenced gravity, Jólan van der Wiel designed the Gravity Stools as a graduation project during his time at Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

He created a machine that consisted of a wooden structure with magnets, that when lifted, would attract and give shape to a mix of liquid plastic and iron. Van der Wiel’s experimental designs are yet another fantastic example of how focusing in on production techniques, instead of objects, can lead into surprisingly interesting, yet functional, designs.

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Photo © Jólan van der Wiel


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1 Comment

  1. sw January 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    What exactly makes this ‘low-impact’ and ‘sustainable’? Plastic generally fits neither of those descriptions, and plastic mixed with iron shavings seems like an extraordinarily difficult material to recycle.

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