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Easily Disassembled, Interlocked, Folded

Structural connections between different material parts give rise to constructions requiring no external connections. The part is also the connector. The stool's legs can be connected to create a universal joint that may remain static or move. The same form of geometric interlocking is studied in a wooden stool and a metal stool. By removing one part of the structure the stool will collapse into itself. So, for instance, the addition of a ball at the center of the construction pushes the parts
into place, pulling the stool together and endowing it with stability. Crisscrossing bars push one another and prevent the stool from falling apart.

This group was created following upon Kaufman's solo exhibition at the Israel Museum several decades ago. The exhibition featured chairs, mostly ones undergoing development for industrial manufacturing, which involved a comparison between similar qualities. Over the years, the chairs were transformed into stools.

The stools in this group are characterized by a light, ethereal quality made possible by their sophisticated construction, and their stability may prove surprising. The bending of each pole further strengthens the structure and endows it with stability. In many of the stools, the defining morphology involves narrow "hips" with an identical base and seat. Stools, as it turns out, have a visual representation and iconic appearance based on the principle of "form follows function" - that is, the morphology of each part evolves out of its function within the structure. 

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Yaacov Kaufman - Stools
photo: Itay Benit 

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