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Stacklab x Maison Gerard’s ‘Stackabl’ system enables virtual customisation of furniture
STACKLAB and Mason Gerard’s STACKABL furniture pieces
Image: Courtesy of STACKLAB

Stacklab x Maison Gerard’s ‘Stackabl’ system enables virtual customisation of furniture

The latest digital system is an initiative to customise furniture pieces with specific attention to sustainability, by using recycled felt, aluminium and wool waste.

by Ayushi Mathur
Published on : May 12, 2022

What better way to reflect oneself in a piece of furniture, than to hold its design and creative reigns? Toronto’s Stacklab design studio works with New York’s Maison Gerard art gallery to bring forth their brand new initiative ‘Stackabl’. The Duo enable the users to form a personal relationship with their pieces of furniture with a mammoth assortment of details and creative prospects. The digitally articulated system gives the users a chance to customise a range of furniture for themselves, with different colours, layers, concepts and materials. These include a chance for designing daybeds, high-end chairs, settees and even Chaise lounges. “Stackabl is a natural progression in our research as a design office. We have dedicated the last decade to creating systems and proofs of concept for using discarded or stored remnant materials. Post discovering an online database of published premium offcuts in 2017, we curated a simple design algorithm. Subsequently, we built a design language around our findings and launched our original Felt Collection through Stacklab,” expresses Jeffrey Forrest, founder of Stacklab upon the conception of their original felt collection that later evolved into Stackabl.

Jeffrey Forrest, founder of Stacklab, Toronto Image: Courtesy of Patrick Biller
The Raki chair presented at Maison Gerard’s winter show Image: Courtesy of Michael Mundy

Stacklab and Maison Gerard launched stackabl with a collection of playful and colourful works configured by six prominent North American designers. For instance, the madame chaise lounge chair by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson- designers based in New York. The chair drew its inspiration from the 19th-century socialite Madame Recamier. The crimson-hued lounge chair instils the sensuality of neoclassical portraiture with its design while recalling the French socialite’s beauty and intellect. The piece is done in recycled remnant felt wool and dark maple wood.

The Madame Chaise Lounge Image: Courtesy of Sean McBride
Red-hued Felt wool incorporated into the design Image: Courtesy of Sean McBride

Similarly, the Fast lane chair by Elise Frampton of Frampton and Co. is reminiscent of old racing stripes from Los Angeles’ car culture. Each piece of the felt collection holds identity and an awe-inspiring story in its creation. Stacklab is also all set for an inaugural display at Salone del Mobile 2022, with their latest Stackabl lamp collection in the Isola district. The new collection will further expand the leverages of the digital system. These lights will be custom produced using felt, aluminium and acrylic LED discs. To power the collection further, Stacklab will be collaborating with renowned designers- Sarah Coleman from the United States, Wisse Trooster from the Netherlands and Anthony Frank Keeler from Canada to bring forth a collection of nine lamp fixtures.

The fast lane chair Image: Courtesy of Sean McBride
Stackabl provides an effective virtual design solution Image: Stackabl provides an effective virtual design solution

This innovative solution by Stacklab was an active induction of details and extensive research by the well-established art gallery- Maison Gerard. With all its years of knowledge and experience, the gallery prompted the desires of the modern design community while addressing the importance of sustainability in design. “Since our system is technology-based and fundamentally scalable, it has the potential to upcycle materials in significant quantities. While this initial collection focuses on textiles, post-consumer scrap aluminium and wood, stackabl is materially agnostic, and subsequent collections could use different materials. We’re excited to see where we can take it,” shares Jeffrey.

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