Furniture designers Modus asked a group of designers, illustrators and architecture to turn its already-pretty-fun Casper stools into wonderful artworks for a project called Who’s Casper?. The company's auctioning the results for Movement on the Ground – a foundation that provides safety, shelter, food and medical aid for refugees.
We spotted the stools while strolling around Designjunction, the homewares and furniture show that’s running from today until Sunday in Kings Cross in London (round the corner from the Digital Arts offices and next to Central Saint Martins). The show is part of this week’s London Design Festival.
The participating artists include Barnaby Barford, Jon Burgerman, Anthony Burrill, Nicholas Burrows, Alex Chinneck – the sculptor who created the ludicrously wonderful upside-down pylon by the O2 for last year's London Design Festival – Esther Cox, James Joyce, Vic Lee and Chrissie MacDonald. Stools were also customised by designers Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Sir Kenneth Grange and Moritz Waldemeyer – and architects Autoban Studio Egret West and Snarkitecture.
Modus isn’t saying which creative produced which stool, but in most cases it’s pretty obvious (hi Jon).
The Caspar stool was launched by Modus earlier this year. It was designed by Michael Sodeau, has a 356mm diameter and is 227mm tall, and is made from 100% recycled cork.
It’s main appeal is the eye-like finger holes that you use to move it around, and which give it a cute sense of personality. Most of the designs for Who’s Casper play up to this – like this one we're almost certain is by Chrissie Macdonald – though some also address the topic directly.
One has a a golden emergency blanket.
While another has a life preserver – drawing attention to the work that Movement on the Ground does.
Others make more political points – including Anthony Burrill’s I Am Here reminder not to forget about the plight of refugees.
Some of the stool are just fun though.
Bids for the stools start at £200 on whoscasper.co.uk. You can also buy undecorated – or not yet decorated, perhaps – Caspar stools for £329 (natural) or £345 (dark).