gitta gschwendtner: bag stools
gitta gschwendtner: bag stools gitta gschwendtner: bag stools
apr 21, 2009

gitta gschwendtner: bag stools



london based designer gitta gschwendtner created these concrete and wood fibre stools using the classic paper bag as a mould. the bag stools were commissioned by the design museum london and time out, who asked gschwendtner to investigate the theme of consume as it pertains to design and the city.  to create the bag stools gschwendtner casts them from a mixture of concrete and wood fibres. the wood fibres help make the stool lighter and more environmentally friendly. the chairs encourage the visitor to sit and consume the view of london rather than the materialist consumption associated with the shopping bag. the stools were exhibited in the design museum tank and placed on the surrounding boardwalk.


this stools departed from the same idea and has the same shape as the june 2007 ‘teo stool’, winning entry of the designboom / de padova design competition ‘vico magistretti award’. ‘teo’ stool won the second prize. ‘teo stool’ was designed by luciana gonzales franco and cristian mohaded from argentina. in the exhibition, introduced by paola antonelli (design curator at MoMA, new york) various prototypes, made in paper, cardboard, felt, leather,…were on show.


gschwendtner’s stools are made in concrete and on show at quinze & milan stand in the fair ground at milan design week 09.


‘bag stools’ at quinze & milan presentation at milan design week 09


‘bag stool’ at quinze & milan presentation at milan design week 09









  • the stools’re aging beautifully

    BrownIsh says:
  • That’s a brilliant idea!!!

    ArhcitectChang says:
  • the porous nature of the texture makes the stool familiar, innovative and timeless

    elenbe says:
  • How did they manage to cast the concrete whilst maintaining the shape of the bag?? Each stool looks different which suggests they’re cast individually, but surely they weren’t cast in brown paper shopping bags??

    Someone please explain! x says:
  • Probably a plastic bag because of the moisture. A plastic bag would hold concrete. Brilliant idea! Makes me want to experiment with other kinds of containers.

    hu8o says:
  • They’re added to Quinze & Milan’s collection!

    milano says:
  • I do love the whimsy of the piece.
    you could prep the bag with waterproofing spray on the inside. carefully add concrete to the inside while adding a sand backing on the outside in a secondary container….. Possibly. I can think of three or four other way I might try to reproduce it, but I have to say it is always much more fun to come up with something totally different. Use your own style.

    late247 says:

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