the ‘yemenite totem’ is a final project at the holon institute of technology in israel, which began by studying the jewish culture in yemen. the project includes research on local craft, such as filigree craftsmanship and embroidery in unique clothing, and the way of life and structure of houses. the ‘faraj room’ served as a family room, family members spent most of the day at that room for hosting and living. the prevailing view was to leave the space empty of furniture to allow space and openness.

the stools make a game of relationships between materials, techniques and structures



the ‘yemenite totem’ is a stackable sitting set made from 4 stools and a tray. the stools are made from iron frame pipes and rods in fixed sizes. the focus in the design was revealing and hiding them with other various materials and techniques that identified the jewish yemenite culture. the stools consist of a game of relationships between materials and techniques and you can create different sets that allow the customer to choose the stools that produce his personal totem. when the stools are no longer in use, the totem is being stacked all over again to allow space and openness back again.

the yemenite totem is a stackable sitting set made from four stools and a tray

while hosting, the stools are taken from the totem, creating more sits for guests

placing the upper tray on each one of the stools creates a table for dining times

placing the upper tray on each one of the stools creates furniture for living, dining, and bedrooms

the totem is constantly changing by rearranging the stools, with the tray always being the top unit

the rubber threads embroidered and woven into the frame and the seats are made of processed maple wood

when the stools are no longer in use, the totem is being stacked all over again

the stacking of the stools is made possible simply by the shape of the seat and the base of the stool

the materials and techniques reveal the jewish yemenite culture

when whole, the piece creates a unique show with modern interpretation of yemenite crafts



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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom



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