Killer Design Details in this MC9 Uncino Barstool

This MC9 Uncino barstool, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, achieves the best of what a minimalist and carefully-considered furniture design can do: At first it doesn’t look like much, but look closely and some (literally) captivating details emerge.

The overall form is unobstrusive and simple—it seems like two discs connected by a cylinder, and a spare amount of metal rods—until you notice the way the seat, which tapers ever so slightly from back to front, has been notched on the sides and drilled out to capture the rods. The rear half of the seat, which is conventionally made from edge-joined boards, has had its perimeter unconventionally milled to echo the cylindrical form of the rod.

The construction of the chair combines old with new, having been shaped by both traditional craftspeople and a multi-axis CNC mill.

The MC9 Uncino barstool was designed for, and is in production by, Italian furniture brand Mattiazzi. (“Uncino” is Italian for “brace,” specifically “a cord, ligament, or rod, for producing or maintaining tension.”)

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