No Leftovers – Off Cut Stools by TOM DIXON


As the world watches the Copenhagen Summit, the topic of climate change and what we can all do about it is on everyone’s mind.

Embracing these ideas, designers are rethinking the way they look at and work with materials. Tom Dixon’s Off Cut Stools address many design and production issues that have always affected the “green” or sustainable aspects of a product.

I thought I would show you some of these design solutions as I build this wonderful little stool.

The Off Cut Stools are so named because the legs of the stool are created using the tough irregular wood closer to the bark which is normally burnt or discarded. This also gives each stool a unique sculpted look.

The stool is flat packed for transport efficiency in a recyclable cardboard box.

Made entirely of wood using simple joinery; no glue, screws, or any additional materials are necessary.

Easy to build, Tom Dixon reuses his latest fluorescent orange paint to coat this colourful stool.

The end result is an incredibly sturdy oak stool that will outlast most of us.

Beat pendant lights over the Slab series – The designer with his Wingback Chair