The proportions of the stool are very common in Asia but unusual in the west. It looks too narrow and anemic but it can support two people comfortably. It's made of ash and the attachments are capped with abalone shell. The inlaying technique references traditional, ornate Asian furniture but is used in a Bauhaus manner to highlight the construction of the piece. The object came to us after hearing a radio program about the emerald ash borer, this beautiful beetle that is decimating the ash population. The story gave us a mental image of a iridescent green dot on a piece of ash.The designers also create items such as jewelry, coasters, bookends and other home accessories. Their work can be found in New York at Moss, Phillips de Pury, The Future Perfect, and Matter, in Miami at Inventory Objects, in Sao Paulo at Collectivo Amor de Madre, and in the Wunderkammer pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
For more information on the designers and their work, visit Chen Chen & Kai Williams.
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(Images: Liana Walker)