sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot
sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot
mar 19, 2014

sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot

sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot
all images courtesy of sasha ritter + armand graham




showcasing the natural beauty found in silver maple wood, the ‘totoro collection’ is a series of stools designed in collaboration by new york-based armand graham of timbr and sasha ritter. the versatile pieces are created from logs found in ithaca and crafted using a robot, which was previously employed by the automotive industry. the two ton arm of the machine was able to translate the computer generated form into a precise sculptural reality that could not have been achieved by hand. the object’s cracking, which occurs during the drying phase represents a tension between the manufacturing process and the natural material. this creates a different final outcome each time, no matter how much control the technology offers, the natural material has a life of its own.


view of the underside


the totoro in use as a side table


the robot begins to carve totoro


rough pass


final pass


the robot at work


sasha and armand testing it out


a digital rendering of the collection


top view


wood for the totoros are salvaged from scrap pieces from upstate new york



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • shame the robot-made-part is not more visible

    Dr Design says:
  • The comment of the last picture made me laugh loud. And the picture of that stool cracked to the center after a month indoors would be helpful. Nice shape and especially the name, though.

    Marius says:
  • I want one that… How much is it??

    Alvy says:
  • These are very nice , however I would take umbrage with the comment in the text that this kind of work “could never have been achieved by hand”. Obviously the author knows little about the ancient art of carving

    fred rehak says:

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