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Pulmo

  • Prize
    Winner in Stool
  • Designer
    Varun Maniar, Gillian Hause
  • Photo Credit
    Varun Maniar, Gillian Hause
  • School
    California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo
  • Location
    San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Project Date
    11/01/2021

Pulmo is an interrogation of the voluptuous and layered soft systems of the human form. Stainless steel tubular arteries connect nodal pockets of flesh. The mirrored internal tissue of the visceral human machine is protected beneath flesh stretched over bone--mimicked with the taught leather cushions which mirror their cast aluminum counterparts. The body’s natural padding systems are incarnate within a mechanical zoomorphic form, expressive of 1950’s Italian furniture design.

The stainless legs morph into casted aluminum tapered caps, emulating the change in material of a hoofed animal and allowing a delicate touch to the ground. The connection of leg (bone) to seat (flesh) is guided by steel plates, acting as membranes.

Seat cushions reflect the natural cushion of the human while emulating the dual axial reflection of flat glands. The backrest softly cradles the small of the back, allowing the stool to come alive as it provides the comfort of a human to human embrace.