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What is this?

Collapsible stool composed of white polyethylene sheets joined to form cylindrical honeycombed structure (polyethylene sandwiched between two white cardboard sheets each with three embedded magnets that link to form cylinder; cardboard sheets can be separated so structure collapses into a rectangular block for storage).

Why is this in our collection?

This stool is made of polyethylene sheets sandwiched between two white cardboard panels, each with three embedded magnets, that link to form a cylinder shape. Part of a modular system, the Softseating stool can be assembled into a seat or stacked to section interior space. Easily transported when flat, the stool's polyethylene sheets pop into a circular object when fanned outward. The thin paper is sturdy enough to support weight, yet conforms to a user’s body for comfort. Portable, lightweight, and recyclable (but not designed for disposability), Softseating is a furniture system that is customizable to suit its users’ needs.

This is a stool from Canada. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2007. The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.

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Its medium is

polyethylene (non-woven), cardboard, magnets

Its dimensions are

H x diam. (open): 45.7 x 40.6 cm (18 x 16 in.) H x W x D (closed): 45 x 20 x 8.5 cm (17 11/16 x 7 7/8 x 3 3/8 in.)

This object has been tagged:

This object was designed by Todd MacAllen and Stephanie Forsythe and manufactured by molo design, ltd.

This object was donated by Linda Berman and Irwin R. Berman

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