Colorful and displaying a fun shape, the Axum and Lalibella Stools by Israeli designer David Keller remind me of lollipops and cotton, so I can say that these two pieces of furniture are very sweet. At first glance, the stools appear to have been inspired by happy thoughts and merry dreams, but their inspiration actually comes from Ethiopian immigrants who live near the designer’s place.
They inspired David Keller to create the stools as a reminder of the duality born in every immigrant’s life once they star to get accustomed to their new life. This is how a hybrid Israeli-Ethiopian culture is born and the designer wanted to capture its essence in the shape of two colorful stools.
By researching their culture, ways of living, clothes or social habits, the designer could create a standstill of today’s modern and ancient at the same time immigrant lifestyle. By using an Ethiopian fabric and hard rubber bands and colorful legs, the stools were given the chance to express both the good and the bad side of life. (Found on Contemporist)