burr puzzle high stool assembled with mortise connections
burr puzzle high stool assembled with mortise connections burr puzzle high stool assembled with mortise connections
aug 08, 2013

burr puzzle high stool assembled with mortise connections

burr puzzle high stool assembled with mortise connections
all images courtesy of you-de chen + chin-hua lin




the chinese mortise and tenon technique has been widely used on wood pieces for over 7000 years, chinese designers you-de chen and chin-hua lin’s have adapted the method in the ‘burr puzzle’ stool. the main principle of a ‘burr puzzle’ is assembling wood pieces in specific order and limiting each of the pieces movement only by the notches of the wood, which eventually creates a firm and solid connection. a new modern mortise is applied to this furniture piece, as the original wood material is switched for aluminum. the design still follows the core technique, but achieves a more delicate finish and a stronger structure. the entire 42 x 54 x 82 cm stool is assembled only using the metal mortises. the process is similar to playing a puzzle where every part has its own specific place to fit.



assembling the entire stool is like a burr puzzle



the stool is assembled by 9 mortises to become a sustainable structure



seat surface






mor’tised – high stool



difference between the traditional mortise and modern mortise



milling process of the stool leg



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  • This looks so cool but I’m dying to see someone sitting in it!!! Please post photos of it actually functioning as a seat! Thanks

    Elizabeth says:
  • Well, let’s see someone sitting in it!

    Jes says:
  • Love the looks, and want to love the feeling! Any ideas on cost, lead time? What height does it come in?

    Bryan says:

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