capelli stool

capelli stool

capelli stool

Design Carol Catalano
Molded plywood, ash veneer
Made by Herman Miller®

"In pondering how to improve on the simple function of a stool I found myself observing the simple act of intertwining the fingers of my hands."
-Carol Catalano

Catalano developed several ideas for the stool by studying the ergonomics of comfortable sitting. Using cardboard and foam models, she and her staff at Catalano Design took the Capelli stool's form and refined it until it was "comfortable and beautiful."

Catalano has applied her creative talents to a wide variety of products since founding Catalano Design in 1987. She finds learning about new industries one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of her job. Catalano likes to push the current boundaries of her field and has made a commitment to include much more thinking about the end user's experience in all her designs. With the energy and enthusiasm she shows for her work, it's clear Catalano loves the career path she's chosen.

The Capelli Stool consists of two identical laminated wood pieces with undulating "fingers" molded at the top that interlock without tools or fasteners. As the surfaces between the fingers meet they become stops that hold each half of the stool firmly in place for an ingeniously stable and remarkably strong structure. Composed of 11 alternating dark- and light-stained hardwood inner plies and light ash veneer, the stool separates into two halves that stack conveniently together for easy storage.

Awarded "Silver" in the Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) of 2002.

15.5" w | 13.4" d | 17" h

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Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.
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