The Hangzhou Stool is visually striking in spite of its inherent minimalist nature. Made out of thin sheets of bamboo veneers, the materials have been layered on top of each other in such a way that a tapered rainbow-like form is achieved. Or, as the designer puts it, "[L]ike the ripples on the water surface." The spaces between each sheet allow a flexibility when sat on. Thus, though the Hangzhou Stool looks like an uncomfortable perch at first, that couldn't be farther from the truth.
Designed by Beijing-based industrial designer Min Chen, the Hangzhou Stool is held together by a raw bamboo stick, which penetrates in the veneers beneath the arch. Completely contemporary, the Hangzhou Stool could nevertheless easily fit in with the existing decor of a traditional home.