Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Soft Tree Trunk Stool

No trees were harmed in the making of this stool. It’s made of soft foam, not wood, and it comes in some shades not found in nature. Each makes an eye-catching ottoman, extra seat, or side table. Group several together and transform a room from ordinary to enchanting.

In 2001 Ilona Huvernaars and Alissia Melka-Teichroew were asked by a gallery in The Netherlands to present a setting for an exhibition called “The grass is always greener on the other side”. This is when ideas formed to design products that were contrary to their nature. A tree trunk is not a luxury object, a lamp using electricity is not a product extracted from nature. Is the grass really greener on the other side? Is it really better to have a stool that is all wet from the rain a couple of hours before? Or maybe it would be nice to have this same object but in another colour, a nice bright colour maybe?

Originally Ilona and Alissia carved the stools out of PU Foam and made sure it had little stumps of branches attached and had it coated in light blue and brown. The stools are light, soft and waterproof so they can be dragged around, set outside and thrown around.


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