With most flat-pack furniture, material and structural integrity are often sacrificed for lower costs to the consumer and less of a headache for the retailer to ship, store and deliver. While cheaper, this furniture is also much more susceptible to breaking and thus, needs to be replaced more often.

Well, it appears that Italian industrial designer Mario Alessiani has found a way to seamlessly integrate the two while highlighting the functionality of both materials in the form of the Antilope stool for furniture maker Offiseria.

Combining wood with iron, the colorful structure comes ready-to-assemble with flat pack parts that require no glue or joints. Needless to say, you won’t need to be replacing this one every year.

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Check out more of the young designer’s work over at Mario Alessiani.

Author

Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.