Colourful and playful, Tom is a versatile stool that adds a touch of personality to living, working and dining environments. It is designed to stand the test of time – whether indoors or outdoors – through its timeless shape and polyethylene composition, a virtually indestructible material.
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Tom is a timeless stool that lends a sense of fun and individuality to the home, office, café or retail space. Designed by Korban/Flaubert in 2013, Tom encapsulates a sense of movement and contained energy.
Central to the conception and development of Korban/Flaubert’s work is model making. Tom is the result of a series of model experiments that focused on merging and reforming two simple shapes: a cone and cylinder. The result is a pure form where the two shapes intersect.
Travelling lines, and the kind of impacts a line can have, are themes that Korban/Flaubert explore. What sorts of characters are in a line; is a fast line different to a slow line? Can it create an emotion, and does that then make you think about the object differently? Through its cylinder form, Korban/Flaubert experimented with slow and fast lines to create an expressive piece.
“It’s not often we can add function into our sculptural pieces, and sometimes it’s better not to. Often it can be a bit of a compromise combining form and function,” explains Stefanie Flaubert.
Renowned for their large metallic, twisting sculptures, Korban/Flaubert works across design and sculpture, producing furniture, sculpture, decorative screens and installations. Founded in 1993, the duo’s Sydney-based studio explores motion in an intensive workshop setting. Metal manipulation in the workshop leads to objects and sculpture with a sense of fluidity and contained energy. Through work, the pair explores ideas about energy and motion, and examines the tension between instability and equilibrium.
Driven by his love of sculpture and appreciation for the arts, Peter Schiavello approached Janos Korban and Stefanie Flaubert to design a stool that was sculptural and could be made using Schiavello’s plastic injection molding techniques and technology.