shin azumi: AP mono-coque plywood stool for lapalma
shin azumi: AP mono-coque plywood stool for lapalma shin azumi: AP mono-coque plywood stool for lapalma
jan 05, 2011

shin azumi: AP mono-coque plywood stool for lapalma

shin azumi: AP monocoque plywood stool for lapalma image © designboom




‘AP’ by london-based, japanese born designer shin azumi for italian manufacturer lapalma, is a stool with a mono-coque structure, created from a single sheet of plywood. the aim of the design is to maximize functionality within a minimal structure. the seat and body seamlessly merge from one to the other in a single fluid motion, with the stool having a large contact area between itself and the floor to disperse pressure and increase the stability.

presentation of the ‘AP’ stool at biennale interieur 2012 image © designboom


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alternative views of the design’s creased form


the stools nestle into one another for convenient storage image © designboom




after your inquiries, we’ve added a couple of images to give you an idea of how people can sit on the ‘AP’ stool.

left: shin azumi with the two presidents romano marcato and dario marcato of lapalma, sitting on AP stool right: rendering of the AP stool inside a gallery



the ‘AP’ stool was presented at the interieur 2010 kortrijk, belgium. shin azumi’s NARA chair has been featured in designboom’s ‘asia-now‘ exhibition held at the dwell on design fair in los angeles last june.

  • why no pictures of people sitting? probably for the same reason you never see photos of people actually eating fortune cookies…

    chinese proverb says:
  • yes, please publish a photo of people sitting.

    Greg says:
  • Woooaaaooo….

    Mauri says:
  • I too would have liked to have seen folks sitting. Great idea and might be a “fun” sit. Wonder if it flexes d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • dont understand how someone can sit on it.

    pwoo says:
  • There are no photos of people sitting because the stool does not exist. These are all renderings.

    x says:
  • @X -“The ‘AP’ stool was presented at the interieur 2010 kortrijk, belgium.”

    g says:
  • People tend to resist fantastic new ideas! This is a beautiful design and it looks like it promotes a good sitting posture at the same time!

    StevenArtisan says:

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