Is there any need to design a new stool? Aren't there enough already? These are the questions that Estudio Pedro Feduchi first asked themselves when designing their new ‘Crick' Stool.
The design practice first looked at the essential requirements of a stool. Naturally, it should be suitable for sitting on. After this, when not being used, it should not take up too much space. It should also be easy to manufacture and long-lasting.
After considering these basic prerequisites, improvements for their design appeared. The stool should be easy to carry from one place to another. It should be sturdy, it should not fall over with a small push. To avoid obstructing its surroundings, it should be stackable.
The solution was to create the perfect shape which would allow for all of the requirements to be met, while also leaving a strong impression on the user. And so, the Crick stool was created. This stool has the perfect dimensions for comfortable sitting, made of wood which is consistent, light, easily sculpted and durable. The manufacturing of the product is simple; the assembly of its parts is elemental. It has a low centre of gravity due to the lower widening of the legs and so does not tip over easily.
The shape of each stool allows for an upward stacking spiral, with three holes on the seat that make for easy lifting. The rounded ends of the legs ensure support whilst stacking as well as while resting on the floor. Everything about Pedro Feduchi's design derives from functionality, in a shape that also happens to be entirely memorable and extremely eye-catching, in fact resembling a DNA molecule.
This finally brings about the name of the stool, which pays tribute to Francis Crick, the researcher who discovered the geometrical law and inner order in the DNA molecule. The stool is currently available in a limited series of ten, each with the Crick signature engraved on one of the legs.
Photo Credit: Elena Feduchi
Estudio Pedro Feduchi
Pedro Feduchi, Ph.D architect by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), combines his work as an architect, designer, professor and curator. In his professional practice, he heads the multi-disciplinary studio Pedro Feduchi, where he develops architectural works as well as interiors and furniture design.