stool #2 from the ‘adhocker’ collection by annika frye

exploring the versatility of furniture’s most basic item, the ‘adhocker’ collection by german designer annika frye presents three types of stools designed according to principles of improvisation. as she explains:

‘the stool is the most simple piece of furniture; it is often part of daily improvisation and makeshift constructions. still, a stool has to be made regarding rules of stability and use. thus, I used the idea of a stool to explore the possibilities of improvisation as a method in the design process. I found three strategies: creating something by using ad hoc techinques as a starting point, during the production process of the object, or by developing an object that the user can improvise with.‘ – annika frye

annika frye: adhocker collectionstool as a hiding place for messy objects

warm and comfortable, ‘stool #2’ can serve as a carpet, tablecloth, sculpture, hiding place for messy objects, stool with different heights, etc. the user can find all sorts of configurations with this object by simply folding and rearranging the blanket: it will always look different.annika frye: adhocker collection stool as a carpet

annika frye: adhocker collection stool with adjustable heights 

annika frye: adhocker collection‘adhocker’ stool #3

depending on its orientation and placement, ‘stool #3’ can also function as a chair.

annika frye: adhocker collection

annika frye: adhocker collection

annika frye: adhocker collection‘adhocker’ stool #1

made without the use of any machines, ‘stool #1’ requires only two materials: one-millimeter aircraft plywood and mounting tape. the resulting structure is lightweight and stable at the same time.

annika frye: adhocker collection

annika frye: adhocker collection

exhibiting with the school of art and design kassel, the pieces are on show at DMY international design festival berlin 2011.

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