Shitake is a mushroom which grows on tree trunks and in Dutch its name means “a bench for elves”.
Marcel Wanders has experimented with the potential offered by rotational moulding to design a stool with an irregular, ironic shape which is reminiscent of a mushroom. The result is fun, irreverent yet enriched by the careful working of its surface which has been decorated to give the impression that it is covered in raised embroidery. The stools are hollow so that they can be filled with water, sand or other materials and resealed with the removable cap. Rotationally molded, recyclable polyethylene with integral color. Shitake is fade-resistant and waterproof, and can be filled with sand for additional stability for outdoor use.
Marcel Wanders was born in the Netherlands in 1963. In the 1990s he was among the founders of the design collective Droog. Today, Wanders is an independent industrial product designer, based in Amsterdam.
Wanders designs for a broad range of clients including British Airways, Boffi, Flos, Mandarina Duck, Magis, and Moooi (where he is also Art Director).
He has won numerous national and international awards; his products are in the collections of MoMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (Basel).