Furniture / Industrial Design
Client: nmbello Studio
Africa by Design: Designjunction, London Design Festival, London, England. 20-23 September, 2018.
Venice Design 2018, 16th Venice Architectural Biennale, Palazzo Michiel,Venice, Italy. 26th of May till the 25th of November, 2018
Focus on Africa, Palazzo Litta Cultura, Milan, Italy. March 15th till 2nd of April, 2018
While exploring the existing manufacturing possibilities in Lagos, Nigeria, nmbello studios discovered a factory that forms the metal casings widely used for Nigeria's power generators. After closely documenting the factory’s processes, the studio designed the LM stool to take advantage of the factory's production capabilities in bending, welding and cutting sheet metal. The factory's processes then inspired the studio to create a multi-functional object whose form would test the design expectations of a traditional piece of furniture - the stool.
The design team consequently re-worked the concept of the 3 to 4-legged stool by exploiting the structural capabilities of sheet metal. Once a rough, stable form was developed, the team began to toy with the idea of subtraction. “How much of the form could be removed without affecting the stability?” After multiple iterations of subtraction, the studio arrived at a bold and abstract form in the LM stool.