The Web Stool

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James says: I love furniture. I didn't always, but as I grew up, I became aware of how a setting makes you feel in your own home. I began, as most people do, looking at designs that would shape my mood and make me feel comfortable in my home. Designers like Greene and Greene, Heywood-Wakefield, Eames, all reflected a style and taste that I connected with, but even they did not fully embody my style. I don't think that anybody can. So I took it upon myself several years ago to learn the basics of design, both industrial and interior, and learned the rules of woodworking. The basics came relatively easy to me, and then I started bending the rules to my own taste that I developed over the years. It was an arduous process, but eventually I found that what I saw in my head and in my heart as good design, I could accomplish with my hands. I always had an ability to see things finished before they were even started. This helps me tremendously when I design and build a piece of furniture. I'm sure I still have a lot to learn, but I feel I have finally crossed a threshold of limitations and can present my creations to the world.

The Web Stool came to me as I was searching for a foot stool for my own home's foyer. Everything seemed to be the same old design. Either a flat top, or a cushion top, or a bench, and there were not many variations. I took it upon myself to sit down and design something aesthetically pleasing that bucked the same old foot stool designs. I decided to employ rope as the seating area, as it conforms to your body like a hammock. As it turns out, one single continuous piece of rope, woven through the curved legs, creates the geometric web effect that you see. It is a piece that truly embodies both form and function.
James Ruff
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

March 25, 2014 12:12:01 PM

The "web" of rope in James' design really stood out to us, because we're always looking for interesting material combinations. Do you think this stool is uncommon enough to move to the next round?

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March 26, 2014 06:44:34 PM

Wow! how beautiful!

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March 27, 2014 01:06:41 AM

This is awesome looking! I've travelled the world and have never seen such a thing. Great concept!

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March 27, 2014 09:32:46 AM

Throw a piece of glass on top of this and make it an end table. Cool piece, super creative, but looks an incredibly uncomfortable stool.

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March 27, 2014 10:32:09 AM

I have one of these stools and I must say they are completely functional and comfortable. This furniture designer is all about form AND function. People that come over to my house and sit on it always say it's more comfortable than they thought it would be. Form and function at its best!

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March 27, 2014 10:40:48 AM

I have seen this stool in person. It is a work of art, beautifully formed and exquisitely crafted.

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March 28, 2014 02:06:47 PM

That is a beautiful piece of furniture. Good luck to folks who require a comfortable stool, which i believe may be an oxymoron.

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March 31, 2014 11:39:34 PM

What a beautiful piece of furniture


April 01, 2014 01:33:25 PM

Love this piece and would love to see more designs by this maker/artist!


April 01, 2014 01:35:34 PM

I love this piece and would like to see more designs by this designer/artist!

thanks for commenting