Active seating principles, which serve to encourage good posture and increased concentration, have, over the years, produced a number of, often aesthetically questionable, products, including unappealing chairs, cushions and inflatable balls. Exhibited at this year’s Tent show during the London Design Festival, however, young designer James Smith’s ‘Kink II’ stool works with these principles in a far more playful and visually engaging way.
The user is required to call on their sense of balance while sitting on the stool in order to keep it perfectly vertical – in short, to sit actively.
The frame is constructed from laser-cut, press-brake-folded mild steel, which is then powder-coated. The seat is a two-part birch-ply assembly, the two elements being CNC-machined and bolted together. Smith is planning upholstered and felt versions, for increased comfort and simplified construction.