Sampson Stool By Industry West
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Good solid industrial design, that was the hallmark of the furniture produced in the 19th and 20th century. You see this not only in the home furnishings of the era, you see it as a common thread running through almost every facet of furniture design from high-end household furnishings all the way down to the ...
Good solid industrial design, that was the hallmark of the furniture produced in the 19th and 20th century. You see this not only in the home furnishings of the era, you see it as a common thread running through almost every facet of furniture design from high-end household furnishings all the way down to the most lowly and overlooked factory machinists stool. While many companies clamor to reproduce the fashionable and popular designs that have passed down in the sense memory of our culture, one company, Industry West has taken a bit more industrial view of the past.
The Sampson Stool, for example, is their re-interpretation of the classic French tripostal stool similar to those that might be found in factories and industrial settings in 1940′s Europe. It is a simple affair, hand-built with a round seat and a sloping back rest formed from a single piece. The entire thing is made using high quality grade a steel hand welded and finished much as it was originally produced. These production methods are the reason that many of these old tripostal stools are still around today.
The original tripostal stool was just that, “tri-postal”. They were an adjustable swivel chair design on three tripod-like legs. Although the Sampson Stool interpretation differs slightly by having a hole in the center of the seat and resting on four legs instead of three, it still maintains the industrial appeal and quality of craftsmanship of the vintage classic.
Another notable difference of the Sampson Stool is its availability in finishes other than raw galvanized steel. You can choose from a number of colors including red, black, white and a really amazing looking gunmetal finish that I just love. Although the painted versions cover it up, I really love how the galvanized and gunmetal finishes show the spot welds, I think it gives it a great hand-built industrial aesthetic that goes with my homes decor. Also unlike the adjustable original tripostal stool, the Sampson Stool is available in table height, bar height and counter.
Industry West has a number of other cool designs that they have pulled from mid-century settings like World War II era battleships or a run down factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, each has been reproduced and built to exacting standards. Most of them are sold for less than $200.00 making them a great value when you consider how long it could last. These are perfect for a loft setting, an artist’s studio space, a commercial or industrial setting or any residence with an industrial decor.