While digital fabrication technologies emergent in the 21st century have allowed greater customization of objects or products, much of world today remains within the 20th century framework of mass production. This seris explores the new possiblities of mass customization through the creation of a family of related but unique stools. Four prototypes were fabricated but the intent is for infinite design variability.
What is a stool? A stool is intrinsically a surface lifted of the floor to support a human body. Our design distinguishes the seat from the legs through pairing processes of customization and repetition. While the legs are identical, the variation/customization of the seat’s form create greater variability. The geometries are driven by Grasshopper scripts that allow for the infinite variations.
The resultant design utilizes various digital fabrication tools. The seat is CNC-milled so that all forms are unique. The legs angle outward to varying degrees. The 3D printed parts (the joint and parts within the seats) are used to mediate the varying height differences caused by the changing leg angles. Across the same stool, all legs are identical allowing them to be off the shelf and cut to the same length (to reduce errors in the process of making).