Mushroom lamps, used in street lighting of the years' 60, find a new destination: they have become stools. More precisely, stools "Statthocker". The lampshades made of hard plastic, having to give way to low-consumption LEDs, have been replaced, recovered and re-invented by designers and interior designers Oliver Bahr and Bastian Demmer, Proposing to change the function to get a seat stackable with perfect height.
They added a 'hard seat' in HI-MACS polished to open top of lampshades, creating a stool with conical seats of several colors. With a height of 47 cm, diameter of the seat of 24 cm and a diameter of the bearing surface of 32,5 cm, "Statthocker" becomes a stool perfect that takes up little space. To remember his past, the new stool "Statthocker" can be illuminated by an LED lamp integrated, mounted in the groove on the underside of the seat. So the stool is not just a place to sit, but also a light sculpture.
The stool has, in this way, the potential to become a classic thanks to the exceptional aesthetics, the perfect symbiosis of form and function, materials and workmanship of high quality. What's more, the integration of recycled lampshades with the New Generation of acrylic stone sessions demonstrate the value of the project that combines past and future. The patina and traces of use, which obviously characterize the lampshades of the years 60, make each of these objects a single piece.
HI-MACS®, however, is a contemporary material that, as Bastian Demmer "Contrasts with the shades because of its expressive force and its variety". HI-MACS is so easy to mill, grind and polish like wood, but it is also highly resistant to wear, weathering and UV rays. Demmer has also thought about the possibility of decorating the sitting. "We have created a special limited edition with animal motifs of Peter Zickermann the 'cushion' and the proceeds will go to the zoo in the city of Bielefeld." In this way the circle closes and stools Statthocker become a popular supplement that contains nostalgia and the future in the meantime becoming an example of creative recycling of waste.
This piece of history can be used in a flexible manner was awarded in the fall of 2012. The stool Statthocker won, in fact, the iF Product Design Award 2013, one of the most important design competitions in the world, in the categories "furniture / home textiles" (furniture / home textiles) and "bathroom / wellness" (bathroom / welfare).