A stool is basically lifting up the ground.
Traditional tile designs can spread infinitely by just repeating a single shape, creating patterns by combining different colors of the same material. The most efficient form, offering the greatest possibilities, is the rhombus. Three of them make an hexagon which is the best way to cover a surface. Using three colors you get a fascinating three-dimensional optical effect.
Putting together these two principles we obtain the idea behind this product: making a stool from a single basic piece (a leg with 1/3 of the seat), which repeated three times becomes a stool and many of them make a table, creating an endless, undetermined surface with infinite pattern and material combinations.
Rayuela’s name was inspired by this term’s different connotations, such as the children’s game, painted on the floor, or the tile (“rajola” in Catalan). It also took its name and concept from Julio Cortazar’s novel, breaking the traditional book structure and orderly way of reading. There is no established order, but each reader’s choice. Similarly, there is no preestablished or determined form, it only depends on every person’s preferences and use.
Rayuela Making of
At the very beginning of the project, playing with geometry was fundamental in order to find the apropriate shape. We then started to experiment and apply geometry to different materials and finishes which were slightly alterating the product. Conequently, the project turned into a materials research and the different manufacturing processes associated to them.
It was not only pure geometry, but a deep study about different materials and those subtle modifications which determined a production process or another.
The first stools were made in Corian and wood, starting with solid wood (maple, oak and walnut) and later in plywood, which reinforces the characteristic stripes and drawings it creates on the edges of the piece.
Later, the experimentation went towards new materials and finishes such as recycled wood laminates (OSB and matte varnished birch plywood) and sheet steel in different finishes (brass copper and nickel plating), allowing slimmer edges and achieving visually lightened pieces.
Most recently, we have produced a limited edition of Rayuela made in marble (Prato, Carrara and Marquina), which transports us to the origins of the project, inspired by the rich floors found in churches and palaces.
The lately stool, as a more conceptual piece, is made in cast bronze, which precisely replicates the original texture of the positive made in paper and cardboard. At the same time, we have used a wide range of natural patinas to replicate a subtle watercolour stain applied on the original paper.
· Solid wood: Waxed oak, walnut and maple
· Plywood: Waxed solid birch plywood
· 3 Metals: Steel with copper, brass and nickel plating
· Marble: Marquina, Carrara Statuario, Grey Preto.
· Cardboard and Paper Bronze: Patinated bronze
· Recycled woods: Matte varnished birch plywood, MDF and OSB
· Corian: Corian ® by DuPont