Published on : Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Dutch designer Richard Hutten designed the Clover stool series for Japanese startup company Taiyou&C. Inspired by the shape of the “lucky” four-leaf clover, the shape is both organic and geometric, where the top view is a circle.
The stools come in two editions – Clover 3 and Clover 4. The seat is divided up into petal-like shapes, and the legs bend into the gaps between the leaves. Clover 3 has three legs, while Clover 4 has four. There are also lower versions designed for children. The stools come in walnut and oak wood, making it light and easy to stack.
Hutten says, “I wanted to make a stool where East meets West without compromise, combining the best of both worlds.” The Clover Stool combines the contrasting qualities of two classics of design – Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 and Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly stool – adding a playful touch.
Mikiya Kobayashi, the founder and creative director of Taiyou&C briefed Hutten to design a stackable wooden stool in two sizes, one for adults and one for children. The stool was crafted by the Fuji furniture factory in Japan renowned for its skilled craftsmen.