Jólan van der Wiel – a graduate of Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveldt Academie of art and design – has created a machine that manufactures stools using the natural force of magnetism.
To form the Gravity Stools, a mixture of plastic and iron filings is placed in the machine’s mould. Magnets in the top section of the machine slowly ‘grow’ the mixture upwards against gravity, creating fractural forms that become the legs. The designer controls the position of the magnets, further augmenting the final shape.
Van der Wiel now aims to build a bigger machine to make larger objects, such as tables.