05/17: Co-Stool

I mentioned the student group Co-Lab a few months ago. They are a student group focused on designing and building small scale installations in and around PennDesign and Meyerson Hall. This time last year, in preparation for the 2013 Year End Show, I had the opportunity to design and build a stool to use at the Counter-Intuitive installation in the Meyerson lobby.

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They honeycomb structure informed the base of the stool, and the seat was modeled after the counter top, made from thin pieces of plywood stacked on end.

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This structure does not account for any racking or lateral forces, making for a very unstable stool. Subsequent iterations tried to skew the horizontal elements of the base in order to control those lateral forces.

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Given material constraints, all the pieces were to be milled by a CNC machine from one 4′ by 8′ piece of plywood. For this reason the support elements were designed to nest within one another and save space.

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