Danish designer Christian Juhl's U1 Stool, for Andersen Furniture, has a joinery method borrowed from canning jars and bottles:
"I was investigating different types of hinges," writes Juhl, "and considered the latch hinge to be an easily attachable, durable and familiar fixture, that at the same time gives the stool an industrial expressive attitude."
"The latch hinge is commonly known from jars and bottles and is used in many homes all over the world. The assembly of the stool is therefore easy, simple, functional and familiar, and expressive at the same time."
Retailer Ingvard Christensen sells the U1 for DKK 1,395 (about USD $204) in two available finishes.
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I'm trying to understand why anyone would want or need this, or what problem it's solving. It looks contraption-y, and there are a million and one quickly assembled and/or deployed stools. Even in high end furniture, simple turned wooden legs with threading attach easily and have been around "forever", so it's not like humanity has been itching for easy ways to connect legs to stools. Perhaps this design provides added "convenience", but at the cost of looking like young Forest Gump's legs.
The correct brand & producer is Andersen Furniture, not Ingvard Christensen who is just a retailer. I did not work on this project but worked for the supplier who helped to source production and develop the design prototypes into a batch-production friendly product. The closing mechanism tolerance is very precise and satisfactory to use. A great design tribute to old soda bottles.
Thanks Hans! Will correct.
Seems just sturdy enough for six uses....
I question the strength of the one perfectly parallel with the grain.
Yeah, i agree. I dont think its a good use of ash. The metal fitting will only compress the wood (both at the seat and legs) and make it a wobbly mess.