Carolien Laro has designed what may well be the first wooden stool to flex and bend under a person's weight. Experiments with traditional wood sawing led the artist to “Restless legs”. With a cushion made of ash wood, this unusual stool creates a unique sitting experience that defies all previous expectations of this material's properties.
The “Restless legs” on wheels project dating back to 2010 is only one prototype from Laro’s “Spring Wood” collection. Each piece of this small and bold batch is an audacious vision on how solid wood can be transformed into a soft and lithe material. By playing with geometric patterns and cutting slots into the stool’s solid wooden top, the designer was able to achieve a surprisingly frisky result.
Though the idea to cut a wooden block into an accordion-like bendable form might seem simple, if not intuitive, it was not that easy to realize. Traditional woodworking methods would hardly be able to face the execution process. Laro realized “Restless legs” by means of CNC-milled cuts. This way the artist was able to fuse into a single piece such contradictory notions as rigidity and flexibility, and traditional materials and technological innovation.
Though “Restless legs” was invented about 6 years ago, it remains a great example of contemporary furniture design. Selected for the “Masterly, The Dutch in Milano” exhibition, this piece was showcased at Milan Design Week in Palazzo Francesco Turati over the past week.
Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat and via dehab.com