Since graduating with an architecture degree a few years ago, French product designer Pierre Guibert naturally drifted into product design after working with prototyping materials extensively and being inspired to pursue smaller-scale projects during his time in university.
Working primarily with cardboard – including developing a line of handmade cardboard lampshades that he also teaches others how to manufacture in Berlin – Guibert uses product design as a way to “express his strong interest in the natural properties of simple materials”.
After discovering a need to design a comfortable high stool that was easy to manufacture with a CNC router – while simultaneously showcasing the capabilities of a CNC router for furniture making – his latest design came in the form of the Bracket Stool.
“The idea is also to be able to produce the stool wherever in the world with standard birch plywood (24mm), a CNC router and very basic woodworking tools, such as files, a Japanese saw, sanding paper, glue and clamps,” said Guibert.
Even if a site isn’t properly equipped with the aforementioned tools, the design is able to be flat-packed for easy and efficient shipping, with an easy-to-assemble design for the end user. While the side of the seats are fabricated from solid birch, the rest of the stool design is fabricated with birch ply…all on the CNC router.
“One the key issues of the design was to try to enhance traditional wood joinery, such as the groove-tongue, with the help and characteristic touch of CNC technology and precise, rounded edges,” added Guibert.
“The result is a very light, material saving, aesthetically-pleasing and resistant piece of furniture.”