glimpt: superheroes stools
glimpt: superheroes stools
jun 16, 2011

glimpt: superheroes stools


after their project working with artisans in south africa last year, swedish design duo mattias rask and tor palm of glimpt wanted to continue exploring the culture and craftmanship of other countries, this time heading to vietnam. with the support of vietnamese furniture company UMA, they were able to visit various artisans. observing the craftman method to create small bowls by fixing paper thread around rolls of seagrass, the designers decided to translate and scale-up the dimensions of this craft technique into furniture pieces. tor and mattias came in contact with seagrass and plastic weavers in ho chi minh city in southern vietnam for the collaboration in which they have produced a series of stools called ‘superheroes’.

glimpt: superheroes stools ‘superheroes’ stool series by glimpt



the stools have an internal metal frame in which rolls of dried seagrass are wrapped to create the structural form of the stools. together with swedish graphic designer malin koort, they developed a pattern that uses the colorful threads that usually decorate vietnamese hammocks, that are then wrapped around the seagrass, creating bold, vibrant designs for the small furniture objects that merge vietnamese crafts with scandinavian design.


presented for the first time at DMY berlin 2011, the stools series are in production and available at UMA in vietnam.

glimpt: superheroes stools vietnamese craftman building the base structure of the ‘superheroes’ stools

glimpt: superheroes stools bundles of dried seagrass

glimpt: superheroes stools dying process of the threads

glimpt: superheroes stools drying process

glimpt: superheroes stools colorful threads

glimpt: superheroes stools vietnamese artisans fix the colorful threads around rolls of dried seagrass that are bounded around a metal structure

glimpt: superheroes stools

glimpt: superheroes stools detail

glimpt: superheroes stools

glimpt: superheroes stools

glimpt: superheroes stools ready for transport to the exhibition at DMY berlin

glimpt: superheroes stools ‘superheroes’ stool at DMY berlin, tempelhof image © designboom

glimpt: superheroes stools mattias rask and tor palm at the DMY berlin 2011 exhibition, berlin tempelhof airport image © designboom

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