The story behind a design icon and what’s next. This month, a contemporary ‘Spin’ on Alvar Aalto’s ‘60’ stool
The form: A timber stacking stool with three integrated legs that stack in a spiral pattern. What makes it special: The ‘60’ stool has been the archetype for the stacking stool since its creation, and the ‘Spin’ stool is probably the most successful contemporary incarnation. Created in 2011 by Swedish designer Sta an Holm, the stool pays homage to Alvar Aalto’s exceptional design but has some unique qualities, too, such as beautifully resolved legs that appear to spin out of the seat as if thrown by centrifugal force. The poetic appearance of the ‘Spin’ stool when stacked is even more outstanding than the original. Named Furniture of the Year by Swedish magazine Sköna Hem in 2011, the stool is made from laminated ash in natural or a white, black, blue, grey, green, apricot or orange lacquered inish. Expect to pay: From $627. Buy at: Fred International, fredinternational.com.au.