Summer 2018 – Donut is a playful doughnuts-inspired outdoor stool whitch happens to be “ingenious and aiming to bring a smile to your face,” says Japanese designer Mikiya Kobayashi to Archipanic. “With a somewhat obvious inspiration, little more needs to be said to describe what it looks like at first sight.”
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The seat is made from a soft foam filling, the gathers that appear within the material that cover it underline the similarities with the doughnut reference. The fabric is weather-resistant and easily washable.
With its feel of a stuffed seat, it’s almost as if this exterior stool was upholstered, Donut is in fact a design that equally fits inside, easily. The stool is also available in many colours, some highly vivid ones like red, pink or mustard. It can be used as a feature piece to bring a dash of colour to highlight a bar or eating area, with an informal air that seems spontaneous but has a certain style and practicality about it.
“Keeping it outside and sometimes using it inside, when needed or the other way around. Because one of the best things about Donut, specifically, is its soft seating, a lot more comfortable over time than other stools made from more rigid materials.”
Tokyo-based Mikiya Kobayashi focuses “on the way we use the object but on the sensitivity in the perception of its designs”. He is always looking for a singularity in his minimalist shaping. His line is subjective because always sensitive.
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All photos: courtesy of Mikiya Kobayashi.