The result of a virtual collaboration between masterful modern architect and designer Alvar Aalto, and Japanese designer Jo Nagasaka, the ColorRing Stacking Stool embodies a fascinating design history. The form is based on Aalto’s Three-Legged Stool 60, an iconic and versatile piece of furniture equally suitable as a seat, a table, or display stand. Supported by a trio of bent, solid birch legs, the circular top becomes the canvas for Nagasaka’s innovative update of Aalto’s design. First, soft-grained pine is treated with a stiff brush, accentuating the natural grain of the wood. Two layers of colored lacquer are then applied, subsequently sanded away to partially reveal the layers beneath—a Japanese technique called tsugaru-nuri. The results are surprising color combinations and irregular organic patterns that evoke topographical maps. Thanks to its geometry, the Aalto Three-Legged ColoRing 60 Stacking Stool can be stacked in a spiraling tower to save space. 17″ high x 15″ diameter.
Why We Chose This
MoMA’s relationship with the designs of Alvar Aalto dates back to the 1938 exhibition Alvar Aalto: Architecture, the first American survey of the work of the Finnish architect’s designs, which featured Aalto’s now iconic Three-Legged Stool, an object in MoMA's collection. In homage to Aalto’s classic design, Tokyo-based architect and designer Jo Nagasaka treats the surface with a traditional Japanese woodcraft technique Udukuri, and also Tsugaru-nuri, a traditional lacquer technique to create a strikingly textured effect.
In or Related to MoMA's Collection
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