Product Story: Pondering her new project—build a better stool—designer Carol Catalano noticed her own entwined fingers and had her answer. The Capelli stool is two identical plywood pieces, each with undulating “fingers” at the top that interlock without tools or fasteners. It’s an ingeniously stable and graceful structure that’s pleasant to sit on and simply beautiful to look at.
Design Story: Carol Catalano is known for innovations in high-end audio speakers, consumer electronics, seating, and cutlery. “Most of my work is fairly technical in nature,” she says, “so I thought it would be fun to take on a project just for fun.” Catalano’s “fun” became the Capelli stool. Once she had found her inspiration in her own hands, she developed several ideas for the stool by studying the ergonomics of comfortable sitting. Using cardboard and foam models, she and her staff at Catalano Design took the Capelli stool from concept to museum-quality prototype in less than two months.