Strung Stool

Posted: July 18, 2013

In terms of my skills with a drill, a hammer, a screwdriver, or any item commonly found in the toolboxes of men who own toolboxes, I'd describe myself as a hit or miss. But leaning more towards miss. With resultant blood, thrown objects, and slightly damaged returns to IKEA. Strung Stool, though, while maintaining the masculine, DIY nature of putting shit together, eliminates the need for cumbersome tools and their domino effect of injury and frustration. I can tie knots! I can make haphazard geometrical patterns! Ergo, I can construct a Strung Stool.

Designer Not Tom's Strung Stool arrives in 4 parts: 3 steel leg/frame pieces, and 1 long cord. Combine them to activate Interlock, connect Dynotherms, raise Infracells, verify Mega Thrusters, and form a veritable Voltron for your butt. Buyers can mix and match stool leg parts, and choose from several different string colors to begin the Strung customization process. From there, weaving patterns that will form the stool's surface are limited only by the imagination (though Not Tom does have some suggestions for those who just want some instructions on how to frikkin' do it.)

I sense that someone will inevitably, and possibly smugly, be inclined to point out that they could buy a $20 metal-legged stool from Target or Office Depot or Craig's List, or dig one out of the trash for free, and tear off the padded seat, and drill some holes in the rim, and then thread their own piece of Survivor Man-approved paracord through it to create a truly DIY Strung Stool for a fraction of the cost. And as always, my response will be, "Yes. You could definitely do that. So pin a rose on your nose, and go do it. And while you're at it, could you please also make me some giant cardboard robot arms and some damn guinea pig armor?"

Anyone interested in owning a unique ropey chair who doesn't have the time or inclination to go all MacGyver DIY, pledge for your Strung Stool on Kickstarter by August 1, 2013.

December 2013 Update: Strung Stool funding was unsuccessful, and at present it does not appear that its creators have proceeded with producing it for the public.

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