These wild stools may look like mushrooms from another dimension, yet they actually find their unique shape from the cooperating earthly forces of magnetism and gravity. Created by Dutch artist Jólan van der Wiel, his Gravity Stools have just won him a 1st Prize Interior Innovation Award for Young Talent from imm Cologne.
Using a rustic looking wood frame Wiel calls the Gravity Tool, he creates the free-form stools using opposing sets of high powered magnets and metal bowls attached to the device. In the large lower bowl he places a mixture of quick drying plastic material, magnetic powder and colored pigment. By lowering the Gravity Tools upper magnets within close proximity to the lower bowl, Wiel draws the compound upwards in undulating, nature-like stalagmites. The feet of the inverted stool are drawn into three smaller cups, creating the flat and stable tripod on which the stool sits.
The process is so quick – drying in just 30 minutes – that Wiel has been able to start a small, but rather efficient chain of production. He sees future uses for the process, honing the natural forces with newly developed tools to create new methods for quickly creating objects… alien or otherwise. For more of these fantastically entertaining, yet useful pieces of art, see the video of a stools creation below, then head to Wiel’s site at jolanvanderwiel.nl.