Solids of Revolution by Max Lamb



Design Miami/Basel 08: Max Lamb was one of four Designers of the Future at last week's Design Miami/Basel, showing a series of turned stools.


As well as Julia Lohmann, Martino Gamper and Kram/Weisshar, Lamb designed and exhibited a body of work using wool and concrete. See Lohmann's project, Resilience, in our earlier story.


Lamb's project involved turning stools from concrete (above) and laminated felt disks (below).


See our earlier story for more details of all this year’s Designers of the Future.

Here's some text from Max Lamb:


Max Lamb
Designer of the Future
Design Miami/Basel 2008

Solids of Revolution
Concrete and Felt Stools.


Solids of Revolution are two collections of stools in concrete and wool felt formed using rotational cutting processes. Two inherently disparate materials unified by property and by process.


Hard, heavy concrete becomes lightweight and malleable. Soft, supple wool becomes rigid and strong. The convergence of two polar opposites at a state of physical property where the same processes apply.


Both collections are made from preformed objects designed for industrial applications, offering primary function to otherwise secondary articles. The humble concrete block used to build family dwellings and architectural monoliths, and discs of pressed wool felt that are mounted onto a rotational spindle for use in the metal, glass and stone polishing industry.


Solid of Revolution describes a solid object obtained by rotating a plane profile around an axis, an expression that simulates both the process of turning on a lathe and the rotational aspect of a felt polishing disc.


Concrete Stools

Autoclaved Cellular Concrete is a foamed concrete containing a high volume of air in a cell-like structure. The material is five times lighter than concrete, highly insulating and easily machined making it perfect for turning on a lathe.


Concrete Stools are turned from a complete palette of 18 autoclaved cellular concrete blocks 32 x 32 x 62cm in size. These blocks present perfect dimensions for a seat surface and sitting height and can be mounted onto a lathe and formed using traditional wood-turning tools. Every stool is unique and none were predetermined. Each stool a consequence of that preceding it.


Felt Stools

When wet wool fibres are repeatedly rubbed together under pressure the tiny scales on each fibre naturally stitch together and become matted. If the process is continued and compression increased it is possible to create a block of natural textile that displays similar properties to wood, thus capable of being machined.


Felt Stools are small columns of laminated wool felt discs of varying diameters each with a different machined edge profile representative of those used in the polishing industry. Square, bevel and radius edged discs combine to create three sets of three stools.















Posted on Monday June 9th 2008 at 6:16 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • K. Rimane

    absolutely love these!

  • netjet

    is that max lamb? so cute
    he can do these in my garage

  • simone b

    Max, it’s all about the process.
    I have to say that I really love the aesthetic on these and all the hard work (pictures) are worth it for such a lovely collection of objects… Now can I get a discount on these????
    Let me know

  • cpcp

    sorry but beautiful shapes are possible with a lathe but unfortunately these are very unimaginitive. He seems to be making them up as he goes along – they dont work as a set for me.
    interesting material though

  • cedric

    if he can’t do it no one can.

  • amsam

    I agree with cpcp. They look heavy and clumsy to me. Max is certainly adorable though.

  • Fling

    Is there a more pointless furniture item than the stool? It is basically the something upon which you can plant your ass. What constitutes a stool? Something within a bandwidth height of somebody squatting. They are not even comfortable. Anything that conforms to this can be a stool. A box, a rock, a table, a big ball, a dog, a car tyre, a prize marrow, an industrial cheese, a carved elephant.

  • brian

    Or a beautifull Max Lamb creation…….

  • andy

    Fling from my perspective thats what i love most about a stool it can be anything all the objects you mention seem to be stools – eames – elephant, max bill – ulmer hocker or that concreate rock by kram and someone????

  • brian W

    These are cool in terms of process. In terms of finished products, I agree, could be more…………

    Max Lamb rocks!

  • Will

    I just don’t get the beat-down mentality of this site. If it was intelligent observation then OK.
    Anyway, the stools look great and I would love to know more about the material.

  • zuy
  • nyc

    It is so insane how Jamie Hayon’s forms and lines are getting, lets say, ‘absorbed,’ by everyone- People need to take a break from doing this leg/column/stool form!

    There must be something else that can be done that doesn’t evoke Jamie’s language-

    Crate and Barell here in the US, Marcel Wanders, the Future Perfect Collection in Brooklyn- half of the design community is making cylindrical stacks like this!

    oof come up with your own formal language, whatever your concept is…