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The Snelson stool is inspired by Kenneth Snelson’s sculptural works that are built around the principle of tensegrity, a name later coined by American polymath Buckminster Fuller, where components of a structure are held together by the continuous tension of binding string components. This design uses tension to hold together the rigid elements, which never touch one another. A variety of American hardwoods were used in these stools including White Oak, Cherry, Black Walnut and Ash, showcasing their strength as well as their respective aesthetic appeal.

This project was run in conjunction with Benchmark where Sam manufactured the initial prototypes for the first exhibition. Material was kindly provided and sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council. The Snelson Stool was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert museum in London during London Design Week 2012 along with a collection of 11 other hardwood chairs as part of AHEC’s ‘Out of the Woods’ project with the Royal College of Art.