The unmistakable aesthetic character of Philippe Starck combines with the exceptional engineering work of Luigi Barei to create a piece that marks a new aesthetic, technological and functional milestone in the processing of steel: S.S.S.S., that is Sweet Stainless Steel Stool.
This revolving stool is produced from sheets of steel plate in a range of thicknesses, to create eight elements that undergo a total of 90 different processes, from drawing to shearing, perforating and rimming, using technologies borrowed from the motor industry, to give shape to the basic product. Next comes hand-polishing, combined with an innovative surface-hardening technique, to give the steel a sheen that is as stunning as it is durable. The various parts are assembled with turned aluminium joints, ensuring absolute stability and durability. S.S.S.S. is also fitted with a gas-piston height-adjustment system, especially created for this stool with its unique design and production process: light, sturdy, appealing, suitable for use in any setting, indoors or out, and particularly perfect to furnish boats.
- Nomination to Compasso d’Oro 2014, 2014.
- Selection for ADI Design Index, 2013.
Despite his thousands of projects - completed or in the making - his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, we must never forget the essential. Philippe Starck has a mission and a vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Starck believes this highly poetic, political, rebellious, benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty must be borne by all, and he resumes it with the humour that has accompanied his approach since the earliest days: “Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator. No one is obliged to be a genius, but everyone has to take part.”