Nail four legs together, put a seat on top, you have yourself a stool. That’s what the most simplistic and basic form of a stool is – four wooden legs capped with a circular or square seat. Award-winning designer João Teixeira, however, is challenging the notion of what that basic archetype of a wooden stool should look like. His design, the Knot Stool, makes use of wood in an unusual way, lending it an appearance that resembles the styles of metal and plastic furniture. The Knot uses a lathe-spun seat beneath which sit three steam-bent wooden legs, giving the stool a fun, funky facelift.
What Teixeira does is bring unconventional manufacturing methods to the wooden stool. While lathe-spinning and steam-bending are pretty common woodwork practices, Teixeira’s usage of them is unique, making the stool look almost like it was forged from metal piping with an injection-molded plastic top. The Knot, however, is made entirely of wood, with the exception of the leather-clad on top of the seat. The base of the seat is lathe-spun, with a leather cushion on top and a hole at the bottom that fits the chair’s three bent-wood legs. The thick legs form a very distinct part of the chair’s aesthetic, giving it an almost rotationally-molded plastic appearance… while the wood-grain on the legs and the base become design features, highlighting the stool’s true material!
Designer: João Teixeira