Herman Miller Capelli Stool
designed by Carol Catalano
At A Glance:
Pondering her new project - "build a better stool" - designer Carol Catalano noticed her own entwined fingers and had her answer. The Capelli stool is two identical plywood pieces, each with undulating "fingers" at the top that interlock without tools or fasteners. It's an ingeniously stable and graceful structure that's pleasant to sit on and simply beautiful to look at.
What's To Like:
The Capelli Stool is a unique blend of portability and solidity. As the surfaces between the fingers meet, they become stops that hold each half of the stool firmly in place. The resultant form is beautiful to behold, and carries a lightness that just plain makes us happy.
What's Not to Like:
We assume that repeated assembly and disassembly of the stool will eventually wear down the wood veneer of the "fingers." That's more of a "you should know this" than a "we don't like this."
The Bottom Line:
The Capelli stool is a lyrical, imaginative place to sit that resembles a Japanese puzzle box. The "fingers" of the stool's two identical halves interlock without fasteners to form a comfortable, stable, cantilevered structure. It's a great solution to a familiar problem.
- Overall: 17" h x 15.5" w x 13.125" d
- Composed of 11 alternating dark and light stained hardwood inner plies and light ash veneer
- The stool unfolds, and the two halves can be stacked together for easy storage
The Herman Miller Capelli Stool is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: KC100.
2 interlocking molded plywood pieces.
Overall: 17" h x 15.5" w x 13.13" d
From there, Catalano developed several ideas for the stool by studying the ergonomics of comfortable sitting. Using cardboard and foam models, she and her staff at Catalano Design took the Capelli stool from concept to museum-quality prototype in less than two months. "From the beginning," Catalano says, "the form of the stool was a simple curve that we kept refining until it was comfortable and beautiful."