The “all-purpose designer” who has created work for a range of clients including MUJI and Titleist talks about his easy-to-manufacture, minimalist stool.
This week, PSFK will be interviewing a variety of designers — both established and up-and coming, to give a preview of what to look forward to at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), taking place this Friday through Monday in New York. This year, the majority of designers will be displaying their work at the Jacob K. Javits center, and we’ve asked them to give us some insights into what they will be displaying, their design process, where to find them in the center, and which booths they’ll be checking out in their free time.
We asked Kevin Sethapun to share some thoughts and images about his work and the work of others with us.
What are you preparing to show at this year’s ICFF?
A wooden stool called Arch stool.
How would you briefly describe your design process?
The design brief was to design occasional seating for the contract market. I was interested in stools because they are versatile and can be used in many environments, yet there aren’t many well-designed stools on the market. The challenge was to come up with an easy-to-manufacture minimal design filled with intricate details. For inspiration I looked to the detailing on luxury watches. The stool is made out of solid Maple and American Walnut woods or painted wood combined with the saddle leather, and has only two components: the leg and the cross bar.
Have any recent design trends influenced your current work?
I really enjoy work by Artek. They combine and contrast light and black woods in very intelligent ways.
What work you will definitely be checking out at the show?
I’m very excited to see the collaborations with Bernhardt Design.
Do you feel the ICFF show is evolving in a way which keeps pace with the design industry?
I believe so.
Where will you be exhibiting during this year’s ICFF?
Javits Convention Center booth 868. The ICFF studio, up-and-coming designers section.
As the culmination of all our ICFF coverage, PSFK will be hosting a Salon on the Future of Design featuring the editors of top design websites. The event will take place this Friday the 13th from 8:30 to 11am at Soho House.
Click here for details.