The odd sock stool comes from humble beginnings. Using 3 cheap socks, the cheapest on the market, expert hands effectively produced our very own thneed. Mounted onto a CNC milled form-work 6 fixed points were able to be established. The design of the formwork progresses two central themes of this stool – order and uncertainty. The fixed disks and openings bringing order to the relative flexibility of the textile and medium.
Using a one to one cement-sand ratio, water, PVA (plasticiser) and nylon fibres (reinforcement) were introduced into the mix, in order, by hand. This mix was easily worked into the sock, held its form and was shown through our tests to provide effective strength, high-resolution textures and stand up to significant tensile forces.
To produce the area necessary to support a seated human the design harnesses the tendency for concrete to slump when wet. Once cured the form is turned on its end producing a structure that appears to defy the gravity that formed it.