Triplex Stool

Studio RYTE
Hong Kong

Triplex Stool is a piece of experimental furniture that pushes the physical limits of a stool – from structure to weight, and from assembly process to afterlife. It weighs less than 1.8 kilograms.

Faced with climate change and globalisation, the world needs new solutions to transform our current way of using resources and products. This project tackles the over-consumption of furniture by providing a piece that is perfect for nomadic users to move from apartment to apartment by being light and stackable; responsible to the environment by taking in biodegradable and sustainable materials; and able to be passed on from generation to generation by incorporating a human touch and warmth to the material and its appearance.

The aim was to create a furniture piece that can adapt to the current lifestyle – to make a high-performance furniture series in a sustainable way by challenging the form, function and material in a holistic way. Triplex was designed to be a jewel that accompanies your journey of life. Designed as a combination of modules, it can be assembled easily for use, modified for different purposes, or stacked for storage.

Furniture has always been a massive item that is not carried along when moving apartment or city. Bring Triplex along with you from one city to another. Studio RYTE anticipates users will develop an emotional connection through time with wear that becomes pleasing and enjoyable to look at, while staying functional and adaptable to use across different scenes. The series can be expanded into other furniture items with this philosophy.

Material was the main starting point – in particular, intrigue with composite material. The stool is made with flax fibre and bio-resin, which are both biological. Similar to the physical properties of carbon fibre, flax fiber has high tensile strength, which was us to create a geometry that utilises curvature to attain structural performance. Due to its lightness, it is most suitable for shipping and storage if stackable geometry is considered.

Photography: Dennis Cheung