A stool to aid kneeling
Design: Jeremy Walton.
Partner: ELVO the little box factory
A stool for aiding the body to kneel on the floor, for use with meditation or playing with children. The stools are developed as part of the SE-design exhibition ‘Time, Tact and Tone’. A time to focus on furniture as tools in the home. With a close relationship to the human body working in tact with body diversity. The tone is down-tone, the use of cardboard makes it accessible, appropriately and surprisingly durable. Produced using press folding techniques.
The initial samples are displayed as part of the exhibition, and after will be loaned out for testing in meditation, for pedagogic helpers in children play, and any other situations that require prolonged kneeling. The aim is to create accessible functional items that relate to the human body, that are both functional as well as aesthetically sculptural within themselves as material artefacts. In the case of meditation stool, the surprisingly durability of the pressed cardboard, results in a totem artefact to stand on the shelf as a reminder of that time you took up meditation.
The close relationship in tact with the human body results in a need to accommodate body diversity. This is accommodated by the flexibility and hand made involvement of the card pressing production technique that does not require a desire to lean towards ‘one size fits all’ that results from tooling investment.