Fifth Column | Ciro – a wooden Stool
Fifth Column in a Design Studio based out of Vadodara.
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Ciro – a wooden Stool

About This Project


The Ciro stool recites its origin as a result of both,modern and a traditional process. A unique yet simple blend of different materials allowed us to generate different behaviours and properties, one of it being the bounce. The stool has a synergistic relationship between material, methodology and ergonomics.

Ciro gets its name from the form at it resembles the Sun. It is primarily made up of wood, and gaining structural strength from the casted aluminium frame, which is woven together with natural cane. The different grain pattern of the disc and of the four legs adds more character and rawness to the stool.




We live in the age of mass-production, which standardizes products and has it advantages like consistency, efficiency, cost reduction and the lead time. It has indeed transformed society in a major way. We feel the fading prominence of handcrafted goods should be brought back to light and hold more relevance in today’s world. The amount of passion, mastery and attention to detail imprinted in the craftsman’s creation weaves a strong story behind the product, a story that’s unique and worth sharing.

Ciro builds a bridge between these two working methodologies, where the hand woven cane part of the seat joins the machine manufactured wooden and metallic elements. The weaving forms a small percentage of the stool, but plays several significant roles like aesthetics, comfort, holding the seat etc, encouraging craftsmanship in the right way!




The stool consists of four components, the Aluminium casted frame, cane, a wooden disc and legs. The frame and the wooden disc are woven with cane by the local craftsmen to create the seat. The radial cane weaving brings out the bounce effect in the stool. It not only is a design element but also has a function adding value and comfort.

The casted aluminium frame is the heart of the stool as it holds the wooden disc and legs together. So this molded piece that behaves as the structure of the stool. The wooden elements come in different woods like Teak (Prototype) Beech, Oak and walnut etc, which are finished with linseed oil and water in a 1:1 ratio. Its impeccable stability and low weight will be appreciated in both residential and commercial spaces and surroundings.