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Flavour Designs in Qualicum Beach, BC have done a fun take on this stool: http://www.flavourdesign.com/product.php?ProdNo=200
I quite like this stool. Its a classic.
Though not the best use of this stool, I Know James was proud it was used to break a window in I-Robot.
I think it is quite ironic that Flavor design did this take-off on the stool, as the original prototypes were made by a cookware manufacturing co. who apparently made a bunch of frying pans with the same mold!
I love this piece…truly a classic, Canadian or otherwise.
Unfortunately Pure Design and the current manufacturers, throughout the years in production have altered the original design to make it cheaper…the tubes are now a series of straight bends, and the seat use to be a substantial piece of aluminum not the thin spun piece of stainless it is now….oh well, what can you do…still very nice, but not quite as striking as the original.
Where can I find the Jim stool in Canada, preferably in Toronto, but I’m willing to get it shipped from elsewhere.
The aluminum seats had a great finish – satin smooth – but ended up getting trashed in commercial applications, denting if they were tipped over…
Offi shifted production to Taiwan in 2004, (Offi model pictured above) the exact leg curves were lost in translation, which is a shame…
The Jim was launched with a companion model – the ‘Chris’ which had a padded seat with a removeable linen cover…
Issey Miyake bought 12 for his dresslab in Shibuya in 2001.