From 08 September to 13 October 2007
Opening 08 September 2007
STOOL So close to the ground
There is a piece of furniture that inexplicably constitutes a sort of rite of passage for any designer worth his or her salt, the ultimate quest, without which there can be no recognition: the chair. The stool can not claim such a status. Probably because this « siège à quatre pieds qui n’a ni bras, ni dos (four legged seat without arms or back)» (dixit Le Littré) does not support the human body completely, only its least noble part: the posterior. That is as it may be. The short history of design is replete with notorious specimens: the « Ulm stool » designed by Max Bill and Hans Gugelot, the Butterfly by Sori Yanagi, the Mezzadro by the Castiglioni brothers, the Rocking by Isamu Noguchi, the Eames’Time-Life... The stool is an ultra-functional object. Compared to the naturally sedentary chair, the stool is more of a nomad. Sitting astride a stool, one sees things differently. Isn’t one’s point of view different when closer to the ground? This project was born out of a memory, that of the old rustic seat used by farmers in Alpine valleys: the “milking stool”, known in Swiss as the “botte-cul”...