Contemporary design meets Indonesian craftsmanship in this happy and friendly wooden seat. Designed by Studio Hindia, the Smile Stool is made from scrap wood left over from local Balinese furniture maker studios and finished with coconut oil. Standing happy and always smiling, this bent wood stool is in fact a comment on the sad situation of the declining Indonesian furniture industry.

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Created by Indonesian designer Fitorio Leksono and a prominent, young architect Adisty Kanastari — who together make Studio Hindia — the Smile Stool uses recycled, local wood pieces formed through a traditional wood bending technique.

A response to the difficulties they’ve faced in recent years of competing with cheap, mass-produced furniture from China, this positive handmade piece stands still and positive for the survival of local Indonesian craftsmanship.

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