Paddle Stool by ĀKAU
In 2015 at an ĀKAU workshop our youth designers were asked to develop conceptual ideas based on the traditional waka. Youth were inspired by the two types of hoe (paddle) that are used to power and steer the waka. With help from ĀKAU tutors they distilled the essence of the traditional hoe into a conceptual form, combining curves and straight edges to create two complementary abstract hoe.
The ĀKAU design team developed this concept into the Paddle Stool, taking the conceptual hoe form and combining curves with straight edges to produce a unique design.
The Paddle Stool is constructed with traditional woodworking joints that are cut using CNC technology and fitted together by hand without the use of screws or nails. The plywood is manufactured in New Zealand using locally grown radiata pine and the stools are manufactured locally, in keeping with the ĀKAU kaupapa.