The Panier Stool is a Modern Adaptation of an Ancient Craft

 - Jun 2, 2012
References: helenkontouris & indesignlive
The Panier Stool has the sort of intriguing and contemporary silhouette that could get away without any added detailing, but Helen Kontouris has enhanced her product with a gripping diamond texture that behaves quite like woven twine. The entire piece appears to be molded with the netting pattern outset; however, it's convincingly authentic in the way that it tightens at the top and spreads towards the broadening base. The crisp crisscrossing lines allude to the tradition of weaving baskets. "Panier" itself means basket.

Although the object does not perform the primary task of the hamper, it does function as a convenient seat, like some originals do. In a bold way, the Panier Stool offers a way to bring a reference to craft into the modern interior context.