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Steelwood Stool

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4 - 12 weeks
Herman Miller

In condos, apartments, and modern kitchens, bars are the new tables. Here’s a perfect stool made from materials that will develop more character as they age. The Steelwood Stool combines the warmth of wood, the strength of steel, and head-turning good looks. A well-constructed and beautiful alternative to your ho-hum everyday stool. 

The work of French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec has been described as functional and unpretentious, and designer Jasper Morrison calls them “thoughtful and disciplined, with a real spirit and poetry.” All of this sounds right for brothers who grew up in Quimper, a region of the French countryside known for the homey and practical, but highly decorative, pottery that has been made there for centuries.

The beauty of Steelwood is in the way it combines the warmth of wood with the strength and durability of steel. They decided on an unconventional blending of two materials that could not be more conventional—wood and steel. Warm and cold. Organic and inorganic. Vegetable and mineral. Most furniture that uses these materials in combination tries to make the wood look like steel or the steel like wood. Steelwood does the opposite, highlighting the differences in material, in a warm, friendly style.

  • Counter-height
    • 27"H x 16"W x 12"D
  • Bar-height
    • 31"H x 15"W x 12"D





The Steelwood Stool could not exist without the accumulated decades of experience of some skilled Italian metalworkers, who worked out how to fabricate the metal pieces, each of which “has to be incredibly well done,” according to Erwan. Nine tools gradually curve and shear the metal in sequence. The “simple” form of the chair is thus the result of a series of very complex mechanical procedures. Steelwood pieces are designed for easy disassembly. Turning a few screws separates metal parts from wood, and the materials can then be recycled separately.

Seat and footrest come in steel plate painted in epoxy resin. Legs come in natural beech or painted. Frame is steel plate painted in epoxy resin. The surface of the galvanized steel plate has visible marks, signs, and irregularities that are part of the surface treatment and shold not be considered as defects. 


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Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec grew up in the French countryside and moved to Paris after completing their educations. As partners in design since the 1990s, the brothers value what their relationship brings to their work.

"The fact that we can discuss everything openly and honestly with each other is important because often creativity does not come from a rational point of view but an emotional one," says Erwan. "It's about finding a certain balance or character when you are looking for solutions to problems that are difficult to solve."

They feel the design process itself is similar to any of the arts because it's about using one's talents to make something people enjoy and appreciate. "Like a guitarist who uses only six strings to create something marvelous, a stitch placed just so on a pillow brings real beauty to it," says Erwan.

One of their goals when designing Steelwood furniture group for Magis, was to find an affordable alternative to plastic, which dominated European seating at the time. "We needed to reduce the complexity of wood assembling, so we kept our design simple," says Ronan. "And we wanted something that would appeal to everyone— men, women, rich, poor—one that would say to people, 'I am a well-constructed, beautiful object, one that will last a long time, and will grow old quite nicely with you.' Not just something they use, but are happy to have around them."

When designing the Osso chair for Mattiazzi, "Our intention was to let the sensuality of the wood express itself," says Erwan. "The chair invites people to touch or even caress it, as it is extremely sculpted and polished."

The two credit designers from the past with giving them a solid foundation for their work. "To me, contemporary design stands atop two massive columns: one was created by the American designers like Eames who was so innovative in the 40s and 50s and whose use of technology made such an incredible impact," says Erwan. "And the other column is made up of the Italian designers of the 70s and 80s who created a whole new typology for modern living."

The Bouroullecs have collaborated with numerous furniture and consumer product manufacturers around the world, including Vitra, Kvadrat, Kartell, Alessi, and Cappellini.

Their designs are also part of many international museum collections such as the Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Design Museum in London.

Photo Credit: ©Studio Bouroullec

Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.

Clean the product using a soft, not abrasive rag, either dry or wet. When needed, use ph-balanced soap diluted in water and ph-balanced liquid soap especially formulated for wood, diluted in water. Do not use abrasive sponges as they may leave scratches. Avoid using acidic products, solvents and products containing ammonia. Avoid exposure to sunlight. Periodic and correct maintenance allows the products to keep their original aspect and lengthens the duration of their performance.

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