Alodia by Todd Bracher for Cappellini


Milan 2010: In Milan next month Italian brand Cappellini will launch this cantilevered stool by New York designer Todd Bracher.

Called Alodia, the stool is made of two bent tubes with a sheet steel seat curved around the top.

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Here's a tiny bit of text from Cappellini:

Stool ALODIA - design: Todd Bracher 2010

Stool produced with metal tube and steel plate, seat cut by laser, black plastic feet. Available in two heights, Alodia is matt varnished in white, anthracite, mustard, green, light blue and avio blue colours.

Low stool cm. 46 x 54 x 72 h. inch 18 x 21,25 x 28,50 h.
High stool cm. 46 x 54 x 82 h. inch 18 x 21,25 x 32,25 h.

Posted on Thursday March 11th 2010 at 2:51 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • damian

    absolutely perfect.

  • X


    Thank you Todd and Grazie Giulio!

  • Excellent design!
    I’m only wondering if the supporting bended pipe shouldn’t contact better the main one; Now there is only a side contact between 2 pipes means welding at 2 points instead of 4 when this stool will be stronger

  • some minimalists in UK and Japan will be jalous…

  • design back to basics
    some minimalists will be jalous…

  • KaptnK

    Looks incredible. Really like this

  • Beautiful in every way!

  • Davide

    i like it, but when i see it my mind can’t drift away from the thought of smasmodic research for cost reduction

  • Josh

    Todd ol’ boy! Two thumbs up! Really like this – honestly an honest design! I guess, I’ll see you in Milan!

  • ben

    rad. nice work todd.

  • modular

    I dig this. It’s great. Simple and sweet. It reminds me of Barber&Osgerby. Nicely done.

  • The Final Word

    Great idea Alex. I’m sure Cappellini hadn’t thought of that, and they’d be very grateful for your advice.

  • Didier D

    I Like to see the average american sit on that and for it not to break –
    looks like an american deathtrap – very weak. D.D

  • Nathan

    @ the final word

    Sometimes manufactures are wrong. Very good example is the Toyota Prius. Very well thought of but still with problems that only arise with use.
    The same goes for furniture. As a designer you (in general) think that people will use it as it is ment to be. Finding out later that people also sit on it with 2 persons, use it as a ladder etc..
    And I know you can’t make furniture that is resistend to everything but sometime you would like it a bit better/stronger/durable.

  • Sashas

    Really like this!!! Cappellini best brand!

  • modular

    @Nathan so true………

  • prius owner

    totally agree with nathan. the world trade centres is the perfect example. It was fine when being used as intended but once people started flying planes into it, it just didn’t work.

  • Nathan is quite right. You can’t restrict the user from using the stool as he needs. The welding also seems weak as commented earlier. Yet it looks so neat and appropriate. Over weight people are a no,no,

  • noes’

    Nice indeed. What’s the weight limit?
    Guess that Cappellini put this through tough tests … there’s a trick maybe :) or magic

  • Looks nice… but I’m postive that the tube connections will break over time. There’s so much leverage pressure on that one connection. On a wooden stool that could have been half lapped – here you are relying on one little weld. Even if it was a stainless steel weld (on SS thick tube) over time that’s gonna crack.
    Was this tested?
    I know that the aluminium Chair One legs from Magis are all snapping now – that’s after just a few years!

  • Danger Danger

    It is weird nobody said the back legs of this stool are far too much coming further the end of the seat. they are so thin they don’t help with the volumetric spacial perception of the object. Therefore that is a clear trip hazard, isn’t it?

  • maxe

    Yes, ok it’s beautifull but after a few years (months ?) i think it’s going to be mad. But i don’t know the process at that time.

  • /R

    So, do you all ‘know’ that it’s a weld point where it appears weak? Have you seen it, have you tried it? It could be altogether a more complex solution.

    My only worry with this piece (which I happen to like – a lot) is the same as ‘danger danger’ above. Those back legs look like a trip hazard.

  • Brown

    Hi asdfghjkl

    Interesting fact about Chair One, how did you come acroos this information?

  • @ prius owner

    I think that using the World Trade Centre attack as an example like that is pretty disgusting.

  • Oh – and Brown – I’m sad to say I’ve seen a skip full of busted Chair One’s. Undisclosed location, but common to a number of venues.

    There’s also a problem that once they bust off the connection is useless as it’s kind of ‘stuck’ on. Thin aluminium tube ain’t pretty nor good for ball gowns.

    ….still can’t belive that guy used the WTC like that… get a life…..

  • Barb

    The WTC example is sheer ignorance, get back in your Prius and p*ss off.

  • Brown

    Thanks asdfghjkl,

    Actually I believe I´ve read that Konstantin Grcic wanted Chair One to consist more if not only of die-cast aluminium. But the finished result is a compromise between him and Perazza. Maybe they can find a way to beef the tubes up.

    Luckely for Todd Bracher and Cappellini, the design of Alodia Stool here, is going to be easy to alter!

  • designgurunyc

    I love this. Its not witty. It doesn’t tell me a story. It has no reference to childhood. It doesn’t look so over laboured that it was made as a couture piece.
    This is new, understated and beautiful.

  • Adaro

    For some reason I absolutely love it! Such exciting simplicity, it’s so full of… everything!

  • Nice, Is it stackable? :)