AP Stool - Shin Azumi

23 Feb 2011

The stool we are going to talk about today began as an experiment to express the excellence of bent plywood in a maximized way. In fact, this stool had its world-wide unveiling here in Belgium. It is a pretty spectacular stool created from a single sheet of plywood.

Unveiled at Interieur 2010

This AP stool had its premiere last year at the Interieur 2010 fair in Kortrijk, Belgium. Designed by Shin Azumi, operating from London, and created for Italian furniture brand Lapalma. Could be that you've seen work from this designer as his "LEM" high stool is very popular in bars. That high stool is also to be seen in the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK.

My aim was not only to explore sculptural beauty, but to also maximize functionality within a minimal structure.

 — Designer Shin Azumi of a studio

The AP is a pretty spectacular stool created from a single sheet of bended plywood

AP Stool

This stool could be classified as eye-candy. It is so elegantly simple! I certainly noticed it during Interieur. Like I mentioned in the introduction this stool is created from a single sheet of bend plywood. That on itself is pretty amazing and probably not easy to achieve. A lot of planning and experimentation must have went into the bending of this piece. You may think it is fragile and delicate. It isn't. I've sat on it and it is incredibly stable. There is some clever weight distribution going on via a specifically shaped contact area with the floor.

Within this project, I attempted to capture the beauty and elegance of the tensioned form which is naturally created when bending sheet material. Therefore, in this particular project all of the development was carried out using cardboard. It was only during the final stages that a CAD program was used. Once the cardboard model had been finalized in the studio, it was then three dimensionally scanned and converted into digital data to produce the mould.

 — Designer Shin Azumi of a studio

I photographed the AP at its world-wide unveiling in Belgium during Interieur 2010. Photos taken with my iPhone 4.

As you can see from the photos I took, the stool also comes with a handy stacking function too. The stool has a large contact area between itself and the floor. This disperses the pressure and helps to prevent damage to delicate floor surfaces such as carpet. I'm not the only one who seems to like it as it already has The Interior Innovation Award for 2011 under its belt. Much deserved.

As you can see from the photos I took the stool also comes with a handy stacking function too

Comments

  1. 1 Po 03 Mar 2011

    You might like to check out the dates on which person originally came out with this stool first.
    Fortune Cookie Stool” or “AP” stool. The original name of AP Stool now seems to use another name: “Fortune Cookie Stool” perhaps a nickname.

  2. 2 Veerle Pieters 04 Mar 2011

    @Po

    You might like to check out the dates on which person originally came out with this stool first.

    If that would be true there would be a lawsuit. Lapalma seems like a respectable brand that isn’t involved in commissioning stolen designs. No offense but Shin Azumi’s portfolio is a little more convincing. I’ll leave it at that.