576 pieces of Black Walnut, 15˝(h) x 13˝ (w) x 13˝(d)
The inspiration for the Hyme stool came from studying the aesthetic qualities of stalagmites and stalactites. Their hidden subterranean beauty, their growth process, and the fragility of these natural sculptures, inspired me to capture this phenomena in design. The successive growth pattern of stalagmites in nature was captured by a process that involved building rows from individual pieces, and then building the stool by assembling the individual rows. The simplicity of the components that comprise stalagmites ( water, minerals, and gravity ), is mimicked in the few materials used in the process. Finally, the fluid shape of stalagmites could not exist without the formation of an ordered crystal structure. This key concept is embodied in the stool’s unpredictable organic shape, which is comprised of very geometric rectangles in a very ordered and purposeful configuration.