seongyong lee: plytube stool
seongyong lee: plytube stool seongyong lee: plytube stool
jan 20, 2011

seongyong lee: plytube stool

‘plytube’ stools

korean designer seongyong lee has previously participated in our designboom exhibitions ‘seoul design essence’ and ‘asia now’. now he presents his ‘plytube stool’ as part of the [d3] design talents at the imm cologne 2011

this seating design uses a similar principal to that of making paper tubes. instead of paper though, lee uses sheets of wood veneer to create tubes. in this way, he presents this technique as a new means of ‘tubing’ wood, which includes an additional process in which to harden the tubes. the composition of ‘plytubes’ allow them to be both light and strong at the same time. overall, the stool weighs 820g, despite its size and rigid structure.

for manufacturing purposes, the color, diameter, thickness, type of wood of the tubes could be customized and used for application for architectural purposes, as well as everyday pieces such as furniture.

‘plytube’ stools on display at imm cologne furniture fair 2011 image © designboom

detail of the stool’s seat and plytube legs

seat detail

up close of the intersection plytubes that make up the supporting legs of the stool image © designboom

the intersecting hollow tubes image © designboom

plytubes ready to be used

tubes cut to various lengths

sanding the tubes

demonstrating the strength of the plytube

plytube experiments

more experiments on using the veneer to form tubes


seong yong lee image © designboom

lee has also been a shortlisted winner of our designboom competitions including his: ‘floater’ cutlery in the designboom competition dining in 2015 and ‘static table set’ in the designboom competition ‘premio vico magistretti’

  • best!

    d says:
  • awesome., this is the best thing I’ve seen in ages. Great way to reduce waste on turned components with a similar strength characteristic.

    kent gration says:
  • I love it!!!! Good work!

    Hele says:
  • Wonderful… Surprising that this product hasn’t been created before this. I hope it will soon come to market successfully.

    Marc D. says:
  • You are a brilliant designer, absolutely genius use of material, space and function, that is really brilliant !!

    Vanine says:
  • Just as information. This is a German company that is specialised in producing plywood tubes. [url=] formholz [/url]
    The winding method that is used here for making this stool is the old way of building plywood tubes, and was invented in 1912 by August Sommer. The company now switched to more modern production methods. Maybe it might be a good advice for the designer to get in contact with this company for detailed information.

    german designer says:
  • Plywood tubes are also a material occasionally used for building telescopes and for aviation scale models. (planes, rockets etc.)

    nurb says:

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