Since we gave you a sneak peek at Ryan Frank's Isabella stool last year the totem style stacking seating design has received a wealth of compliments, not only winning ‘Most sustainable product’ 2008/09 at the Hidden Arts annual award, but also receiving an Honorable Mention at the annual Green Dot Awards, and being selected by the National Design Museum of New York for the next Design Triennial exhibition. Congrats to Ryan Frank who is capitalising on Isabella's success by launching a new version of the stool, a smooth but tough companion for the soft and tactile Isabella, called Spruce...While Isabella is made from strawboard and wool felt, Ryan describes Spruce as "a more budget, rugged option. Keeping the same iconic shape, but constructed from a solid section of FSC certified Spruce ply wood, ideal for heavy-duty usage."
Both designs use the totem stacking style and draw inspiration from traditional hand carved African seating, but avoid the use of exotic hard woods. We always like Ryan Frank's design references to his native South Africa.
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