Tole is a stool inspired by the corrugated metal sheets used in old Mauritian houses and shops. It features a beautiful undulated wooden seat and a set of sturdy diagonal legs. While the undulations create a delightful interplay of light and shadows, they also fully utilised the strength of the structure.
L 413 x W 356 x H 464 mm
Queensland Blackwood veneer (core), Queensland Maple veneer, Mild Steel Tube & Rod
Year of production
THE FORGOTTEN CORRUGATED METAL SHEET
Corrugated metal sheet was a common material used in the construction of Mauritian houses and shops due to their low cost and structural strength. With modernisation, these cladded buildings were rapidly replaced by concrete ones as they were safer. Although this change led to a better lifestyle, the lack of documentation on these distinct buildings meant that part of Mauritius' history was lost.
A stool was selected to incorporate corrugated metal sheet as it is a common furniture in Mauritian households. To show the inherent strength of the material, the corrugated structure is found on the seat. Additionally, the stool provides users the opportunity to feel the tactility of the material.
CREATING CORRUGATED PLYWOOD
The seat was made using wooden veneer it is flexible and warm to the touch. Initially, a single lamination of veneers was intended to be used for the seat, but several testings revealed its structural shortcomings. Two layers of lamination, reinforced by metal bars, were used in the end.
A CONTEMPORARY TOUCH
To balance the warm touch of the wooden veneers, mild steel is used for the legs of the stool.
A metal rod is welded to both legs to strengthen the structure and to create a visual link with the seat through its sinuous shape.