naoto fukasawaportrait © designboom

 

 

 

 

in 2012, plank debuted the ‘blocco’ chair by naoto fukasawa (see designboom’s coverage here), a simple seating design composed of gentle curves, conceived to appear as if it has been carved from a single block of wood without any indication of how the individual components connect to one another. the japanese designer has developed a stool version based on a similar approach, whereby any kind of fixationor joint mechanism employed to make it a unified piece is hidden. a satin stainless steel ring which acts as a foot rest, separates itself from the wooden structure and snugly fits into notches made in the four square wooden legs, holding the metal element in place.when one looks closely there is no visible sign of any hardware. an additional thoughtful detail of fukasawa’s stool is a recession found on the underside of the seat, running around its perimeter, making it easy for users to pick-up and move.

 

 

 

naoto fukasawa talks to designboom about his ‘blocco’ stool designvideo © designboom

 

 

naoto fukasawa: blocco stool for plank‘blocco’ stool on display at the plank booth during salone del mobile 2013image © designboom

 

 

naoto fukasawa: blocco stool for planka stainless steel ring is held in place snugly by notches in the legs of the stoolimage © designboom

 

 

naoto fukasawa: blocco stool for plankimage © designboom

 

 

naoto fukasawa: blocco stool for plankphoto: matteo imbriani, © plank collezioni srl

 

 

naoto fukasawa: blocco stool for plankphoto: matteo imbriani, © plank collezioni srl

 

naoto fukasawa: blocco stool for plankphoto: matteo imbriani, © plank collezioni srl