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Gaudi Stool by Studio Geenen

Utrecht designer Bram Geenen of Studio Geenan has designed a stool based on the shape of hanging chains.

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Called Gaudi Stool because it was inspired by architect Antoní Gaudi's method of designing structures for churches, the stool weighs one kilogram.

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The grid-like structure of the underside was made of rapid-prototyped polyamide and covered in a carbon-fibre shell.

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Here's some more information from  Studio Geenen:

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Gaudi Stool

The shape of the Gaudi Stool was created in the same way that Antoní Gaudi designed the structure of his churches, by making a model of hanging chains, so letting gravity determine the strongest and most logical shape for withstanding forces.

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The Gaudi-stool was part of the furnistructure project. In the Furnistructures project was researched how lightweight products can be designed. Lightness has a lot advantages, in the use of products and their impact on the environment. This has lead to a research into structural systems, as found in nature and architecture, and the possibilities of designing lightweight furniture using such systems.

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Materials & techniques:

A thin shell made of carbon fiber deals with the compressive forces. A beam-grid substructure resists bending of the shell. The substructure was made using rapid-prototyping techniques, in order to achieve the needed complexity. The rapid-prototyped structure was then used as a mold for the carbon-fiber laminates. This combining of these two high-tech techniques decreased costs of both of them, and made them applicable in a product.

Gaudi-stool:
carbon-composite, polyamide. 1kg.

The project includes a series of designs for furniture.

Of these unrealized designs, the Gaudi-chair is currently being developed in cooperation with Dutch research institute TNO