When it comes to furniture as straightforward as the stool, you can’t find a more elegant, understated design than architect Alvar Aalto’s iconic stool 60, created in 1933 for Finnish manufacturer Artek. But when Turkish furniture company Nurus introduced its R2 stool last year, it became clear that this humble furnishing had finally caught up to our mobile, tech-heavy lifestyles.
Bearing a striking resemblance to the much-loved Star Wars character that provided its name, the R2 stool is as equally functional and mobile as the fictional droid (well, almost). The opening in the cylindrical base provides storage for personal effects, while an optional armrest and make it perfect for the modern office or classroom.
Who said form and function had to exist without a touch of whimsy? Not us.