"We live in a time not of mainstream but of many streams, or even, if you insist upon a river of time, then we have come to a delta, maybe even beyond delta to an ocean which is going back to the skies."
-John Cage, KPFA Radio, 1992.
When I sat down to devise a design and concept of a stool for Trestle Design, I began by searching for imagery surrounding railway stations. I was specifically looking for images of seating in the stations themselves. What I came across was pretty much what I expected to find-long, broad, conjoined wooden benches with people slouched or asleep on them. I knew that I wanted to call my line of seating, LAPLANDERS meaning in railroad terminology-a passenger being jostled into someone else’s lap in a crowded car.
Upon a closer examination of the photographs found of the railway stations, I actually came across an unexpected find that would serve as a main source of inspiration. Buried within the bustling rail images were captured moments of people in states of unrest, fatigue, and waiting. Many of these photographs beheld the figures using their luggage and suitcases as makeshift seating-adhoc stools!
I began to refine my searches for photographs of people in crowded stations that were experiencing some form of delay in transit. I started to find a wealth of images containing people inventing their own form of rest and seating using what they had with them at that moment in time. It would be these types of inventive forms of seating that would begin to mold my designs for the LAPLANDER's.
I conceptualized a high stool based on figures resting on larger trunks of luggage such as the image above of the seated, Frank Sinatra outside of a station. I named this stool, the ARMSTRONG. The design was to have the stool maintain the same type of formal structure and dimensions of an up-turned piece of luggage. Materially I wanted the stools to reference the industrial beauty of the iron and wood found in many rail stations but liked the idea of infusing in the design a soft seat that would explore the traditions of Shaker tape weaving. I particularly enjoyed the thought of being able to evoke a grid quality in the stool that would point to both the often used iron and glass ceiling designs in railroad stations and the soft fabric weaving found in many trunks and hard case suitcases.
The low stool I named, the GALLOPER and would model its dimensions on the figures in repose on smaller suitcases. Both stool designs maintain an aesthetic balance between hard industrial durability and refined comfort. The LAPLANDERS will mark a trend for Trestle Design in exploring modes of inspiration found in overlooked arenas of the common place.
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