Daniel Svahn, Pallarna stool, 2009
Daniel Svahn, Pallarna stool, 2009
Franco Albini, Cicognino table, 1953
Franco Albini, Cicognino table, 1953
Albin Johnson, Kan-O-Seat, 1935
Albin Johnson, Kan-O-Seat, 1935

In this small curated section we are focusing on historical development of the specific design type: stools or small tables with handles for easy manipulation.

We start with very clever design of the Kan-O-Seat which was created by Albin Johnson in 1935. Manufactured by Stafford-Johnson Seating Corporation, Ionia, Michigan, the form of the seat is influenced by functionalist principles of the interwar era. The result is an elegant folding seat which can be used as a walking stick too.

The 1950s design era is represented by celebrated Italian designer Franco Albini here. His Cicognino table originally designed in 1953 was reissued by Cassina more recently. Design shows very minimalist and functionalist design approach of Franco Albini.

Daniel Svahn is a young Swedish designer who graduated at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm in 2009. As a part of his master project he designed this modest Pallarna stool (Swedish for stools). Behind the simple design is hidden very original conceptual process. Svahn was inspired by Chinese Whispers. He wrote text about Arne Jacobsen`s Seven chair without saying it is this chair. Then he took it to the another designer to sketch design based on his text. A third designer wrote a text based on that image which was passed to a fourth to draw it. The creative process was shared very much. The result is a practical seating with elegant handle.

All the designs showing here represents a specific theme and function of domestic furniture.