Designer Carol Catalano entwined the fingers of her hands, and a new idea was born. It consists of two identical laminated wood pieces with undulating fingers molded at the top that interlock without tools or fasteners. As the surfaces between the fingers meet they become stops that hold each half of the stool firmly in place for an ingeniously stable and remarkably strong structure. The inspiration for Carol Catalano's innovative design came from a very down-to-earth source. ''Most of my work is fairly technical in nature, so I thought it would be fun to take on a project just for fun.'' Catalano says. ''In pondering how to improve on the simple function of a stool I found myself observing the simple act of intertwining the fingers of my hands.'', From there, Catalano developed several ideas for the stool by studying the ergonomics of comfortable sitting. Using cardboard and foam models, she and her staff at Catalano Design took the Capelli stool from concept to museum-quality prototype in less than two months. ''From the beginning,'' Catalano says, ''the form of the stool was a simple curve that we kept refining until it was comfortable and beautiful.''
- Thin, curved form
- Two halves of undulating molded plywood
- Composed of 11 alternating dark- and light-stained hardwood inner plies
- Light ash veneer on outside surfaces
- Comfortable seating in an artistic form
- Stable, cantilevered structure
- Separates into two halves that stack conveniently
- Where fingers meet, they become stops that hold each half of the stool firmly in place
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