Inroduction / Other Stools Stories:
Tribute to Marcel Duchamp (material: pine)
This stool belongs to the ‘Swing, Jump, Rotate" category and is made from a full and natural trunk. It distinguishes itself from the rest of its family members through the four wheels attached to its narrow based. The inspiration for these wheels originates in Marcel Duchamp's painting, from 1914, of a chocolate grinder.
The four wheels of the stools are small in comparison with the wheels of Duchamp's giant chocolate grinder; yet in both cases the wheels make possible a complete soft rotation in every direction. This rotation endows a sense of mobility almost like an office chair. It seems as if this mobility is redundant for a stool, which, unlike a chair, people will only sit on temporarily (I did not completely understand the sentence in Hebrew). Yet, the combination creates a new sensation, which on the one hand liberates since makes it possible to naturally move with the stools in all directions, yet on the other hand forces the person sitting on the stool to straighten his back and become aware of his own body.
This is not Kaufman's first reference to Duchamp's chocolate grinder. A few years ago, he designed a desk lighting feature for Lumina Italia Company, and the base of the lamp had the same four wheels. In the second version of this lamp, which is named MiltiX, they decided to relinquish this technology due to the high manufacturing costs in relation to a simpler lamp base.
Yaakov Kaufman for Lumina Italia