'the growing stool' by i wen lee
'the growing stool' by i wen lee 'the growing stool' by i wen lee
jun 17, 2010

'the growing stool' by i wen lee

‘the growing stool’ is a result of i-wen lee‘s final project from her studies at central saint martins in london. questioning the issue of mass production in the furniture industry, lee asks whether an emotional attachment can be created if the production process of an object is slowed down.

‘the growing stool’

the result is ‘the growing stool’ a project which explores the development of furniture through a physical  ‘growing process’, generating objects which evolve over a period of time. lee developed a manufacturing device influenced by the principle behind zen gardening. four funnel components sit at the top of the ‘tower’ with an adjustable shelf below, which can be moved to different heights along the manufacturing device. fluid material is pushed and poured through the funnels, dripping downwards onto the shelf, gradually forming the legs of the stool. as the deposit builds up, the shelf is moved to a lower level on the tower in order to continue the growing process. this continues until you have determined the height of stool you desire, or until you’ve reached the bottom level. the growing furniture interprets the biomimicry of stalactites whose forms are derived from deposit drippings. the trace on the surface of each drip indicates the records and experiences made by human participation. the seat of the stool is then poured onto the shelf base and built up to the appropriate thickness for stability.

lee experimented with various deposit materials including: clear resin and glass fibre, cotton, jesmonite, latex.

the components of the manufacturing device

the constructed manufacturing device

pushing deposit through the funnels to form ‘stalactites’ which act as legs of the stool

the stool complete


i-wen lee with ‘the growing stool’

video of ‘the growing stool’ production process

video stills of the production process

material samples

sketch of the manufacturing device

sketch of the manufacturing device

‘the growing stool’ is currently on show as part of the central saint martins degree shows 2010 in london until july 3rd, 2010.

  • Very interesting and creative process.

    j says:
  • There’s a new style. Wonder what loads it can handle if compared to a wooden bar stool of comparable design?

    Barina Craft says:
  • I dont get how it relates to emotional attachment, just cuz slowed down the process of production? Looks fun though.

    J says:

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