Mater Shell Bar Stool
The Shell Bar Stool is an interpretation of the Shell Chair and is also designed by the American designer Michael W. Dreeben and inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making.
Exquisite saddles have been produced in India for centuries and although some horse culture persists, it’s disminshing as India becomes more technologically developed.
The Shell Chairs attempt to revitalize this skilled trade by providing leather stitching artisans with a global market for their craft and hopefully encourage them to pass it on to younger generations.
The wooden frame is crafted from FSC certified wood with a water-based stain and respects the local environment.
FSC certified oak
Sirka grey stain
Sorensen Leather Ultra; pigmented leather.
- Size Description
W 37 cm x D 45 cm x H 102 cm [seat height: 69 or 74 cm]
After completing an MFA in sculpture at the University of Chicago, Michael W. Dreeben pursued apprenticeships with master woodworkers and was later awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study traditional craft and woodworking in Rajasthan State in North India. Upon returning from India, he continued to pursue a range of design interests, and co-founded and operated Accuslab, LLC, which supplied stock lines of concrete furniture and architectural components to several large national retailers. His work reflects sculptural sensibility, thoughtful engagement with material, and wide ranging design and production experience.