Polyurethane resin and pigments
430mm x 260mm x 260mm
The Butter Stool is a project that started from the desire to question the way industrial production can be adapted to the local context of limited, micro-scale production. Rather than using mass-produced, industrial furniture, this project explores rotational moulding - a process used to manufacture affordable plastic items on a vast scale - to make one-off objects. Plastics, the symbol of industrial production is recast here as an artisanal material.
The stools are made using a lo-fi mould made of sheets of polypropylene, where polyurethane resin is poured to make sturdy yet lightweight stools. Each mould is made from scratch using hot glue and adhesive tape, resulting in unique objects on each casting. The surface of each stool reveals the traces of its making, through shapes, curves and wrinkles that emerge on it as a result of the casting process.
For Fels/Where Things Land Down exhibition, five custom-made stools were produced introducing a set of appealing new colours: marshmallow pink, pale blueberry, mushy pea, apricot and the classic off-white (butter). These colours are unique to each stool, the result of experimentation and testing that leaves the final outcome a surprise.
The stools are crafted by hand at Marco Campardo Studio in South London, with the indispensable help of Sammi Cherryman and Eleonora Ortolani.