Monarchy is a stool that allows the user to escape the dullness of ultimate stability, by swiveling and rocking sideways without being overturned. Apart from the fact that it has a crown-like shape, the stool’s name is an intentional contradiction to the stability that a monarchy regime is supposed to enforce. It’s convenient for occasional sitting or simply when an extra seat is needed. The user can change his orientation with a push of his legs, while reaching out for nearby objects is easy, simply by bending over and shifting his weight. The balancing process creates a playful user-object relationship and explores the idea that when seated, many people feel the need to be free from enforced bodily positions.
Images © Dionysis Kouris (No. 1, 5) and Julien Reneault (No. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)