The Illusive Stool is inspired by the strange world of quantum mechanics and the illusive nature of subatomic particles – in particular, the drawing of the structure formed by the atoms that shows electrons orbiting around the nucleus.

An attempt at overcoming the archetypal form of a stool and exploring new possibilities by using traditional materials and common manufacturing methods. A combination of basic geometric shapes, which form a unique but simple structure, gives the impression of frozen motion, like time has stopped. The different elements that form the structure of the stool create an optical illusion, evoking in the observers various thoughts. It could give the impression of orbits, the globe or three intersecting sickles, depending on the viewing angle and the observer.

The lacquered seat and the legs are made from beech wood. The frame consists of three pieces of 8-millimetre powder-coated steel that are welded together to form a solid structure. Another version of the stool combines oak wood with stainless steel. The height of the stool is 450 millimetres and the diameter of the seat is 330 millimetres.

Photo credits: Apostolos Karakatsanis

Prototype Credits: George Koumpoulis, Paraskevas Tsampikakis