The Serif is designed to be tough and durable. Made from gravity die cast aluminium and then powder coated in bright industrial colours, the stools have a simple yet highly functional form and appeal. 

The Serif is designed to be tough and durable. Made from gravity die cast aluminium and then powder coated in bright industrial colours, the stools have a simple yet highly functional form and appeal.

While the rim has a uniform 7 millimetre thickness, the surface-thickness varies throughout the stool’s structure and is engineered to be robust yet as light as possible. The short version of the chunky-looking Serif weighs 4 kilograms and the counter-height version - 5.3 kgs. Nylon feet are inserted into the base and are tough enough for outdoor surfaces, and kind to interior timber floors.

“The short version of the Serif stool was originally developed for the Third Interpretations Exhibition organised by Andrew Simpson at Damien Minton Gallery in Sydney. Each of the Interpretation events invites designers to explore a given material or process, and for that show it was - sand casting, hence the idea of the flow of pouring metal from a crucible,” explains Wilson.

“For the original two stools shown at the exhibition I created three dimensional files that were used to make a buck machined from ABS. This was used to sand-cast two stools for the show. From these prototypes I made many slight adjustments to the file so the design was more comfortable,” says Wilson.

Wilson has also developed a Counter Serif stool with a channel-like footrest that extends out from the stem.

“I still haven't tooled up for this version. A prototype is being shown in Milan this month, and is made from machined aluminium and powder-coated. (The machining on an object this size is extraordinary. If anything it’s a bit too perfect for a design that's supposed to be rough from the casting process! Hopefully I will have this in production later this year,” says Wilson.

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