Published on : Monday, October 3, 2016
The Perch bar stool, designed by Aalto University students Wesley Walters and Salla Luhtasela, has been brought to market by Nikari, known for its high-quality wooden furniture. In March 2016, the stool won the first FDS Award, organised by Finnish Design Shop. With the design competition, the Finnish online retailer seeks to commercialize new ideas and pave their way to store shelves.
CEO of Finnish Design Shop, Teemu Kiiski says, “’One and a half a year ago, when we made the decision to launch FDS Award, our greatest wish was that the winning designs would make it to production. We are delighted that Perch has found its place in Nikari’s product range. Finding a manufacturer is not easy for designers, and it’s great that we have been able to help in this process with our competition.”
What caught Nikari’s attention in Perch was the clean design and skilful use of wood. CEO of Nikari, Johanna Vuorio shares, “Our collection has lacked a three-legged stool with a foot bar, so Perch was perfect for us, based on its aesthetics, material and functionality.” The stool is crafted from oak and manufactured entirely in Finland.
The Perch stool was introduced at the Helsinki Design Week as a 63 cm high version, which is perfect for domestic kitchen islands and will be accompanied by a higher model, suitable for bar counters, in the future. The stool comes in natural and black stained oak.