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2015

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Gravity Stool, from Gravity series, 2015

This is a Gravity stool. It was designed by Jólan van der Wiel.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Jólan van der Wiel as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

It is dated 2015. Its medium is resin, iron filings.

Van der Wiel explores the impact of natural forces on physical materials. Van der Wiel developed and built his own gravity machine, a tool that uses oppositional forces of gravity and magnetism to generate organic, armored forms made from a composite material of iron filings and plastic or ceramic. With the machine, van der Wiel creates tables, stools, and fantastical architectural that sprout stalactites.

It is credited Courtesy of the designer.

Our curators have highlighted 12 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Stool (USA), 2002
  • riveted, hammered and formed sheet aluminum.
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.
  • 2013-50-5
  • Stool (Denmark), 1942
  • carved and assembled teak.
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.
  • 2013-50-35
  • W.W. Stool, 1990
  • sand-cast and enameled aluminum.
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.
  • 2003-23-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 46 × 34 × 38 cm (18 1/8 × 13 3/8 × 14 15/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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