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Hem X Props

PROPS is a special collection from Hem X, curated by Modern Design Review. PROPS are functional and decorative, unlimiting limited editions. The Props collection is made up of six small series of five stools from pioneering design talents. Each stool is an original design for Hem X but makes use of the materials, methods and aesthetics that are typical of their designer; the fundamentals for collectible design. All profits from the PROPS collection will be donated to Design Can, supporting their work towards a more inclusive and accessible design industry.

Odd Matter
Mass Stool


The curious nature of the Mass Stool is a little intoxicating. What is its material? How is it formed? In fact, this vivid mass of material is made from a cork and plaster mix original to Odd Matter’s work. Here, they have molded their signature material for the first time to create objects that are simultaneously freeform and contained.


Henrik Ødegaard
Slurp Stool


Henrik’s playful approach to form making is best demonstrated in his Slurp series of works. Cutting into sheets of wood to leave characterful perforation-as-pattern is typical. As is applying a thick layer of glossy paint, rendering the final forms softened and cartoon-like.


Sho Ota
Surfaced Stool


Like a pixelated image, the Surface Stools are constructed from many pieces of offcut Beech. An extraordinary profile and object with real depth and surface interest is the result. Each stool has been painstakingly pieced together by Sho, meaning each sculptural work is unique.


Wendy Andreu
Regen Stool


A wholly original technique, unique to Wendy’s practice, of winding cotton rope around a bespoke frame and sealing it with silicone is used to make these unexpected textile objects. Tactile and soft but surprisingly structural too, the Regen Stools turn textile into three-dimensional shapes in the most inventive way.


Bo Stool


Painstakingly selecting the materials she works with is a feature of Linde Frey of Destroyers/Builders work, as is an eye for architectural forms. Here, an impossibly decorative hunk of flamed Tulip wood is sympathetically cut into naturalistic blocks and assembled like heroic primitive structures.


Seongil Choi
Mirror Block Stool

South Korea

Under his practice Ilworks, Seongil Choi works with industrial processes, uncompromising forms and a tough material palette. These chunky stools glisten as though sliced from solid metalbut are in fact painstakingly constructed from welded sheet steel and mirror polished for an inexplicable amount of time.

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