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Capelli Stool

by Carol Catalano for

Herman Miller ®

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Herman Miller ® Capelli Stool

Designer Carol Catalano entwined the fingers of her hands, and a new idea was born. It consists of two identical laminated wood pieces with undulating fingers molded at the top that interlock without tools or fasteners. As the surfaces between the fingers meet they become stops that hold each half of the stool firmly in place for an ingeniously stable and remarkably strong structure. The inspiration for Carol Catalano's innovative design came from a very down-to-earth source. ''Most of my work is fairly technical in nature, so I thought it would be fun to take on a project just for fun.'' Catalano says. ''In pondering how to improve on the simple function of a stool I found myself observing the simple act of intertwining the fingers of my hands.'', From there, Catalano developed several ideas for the stool by studying the ergonomics of comfortable sitting. Using cardboard and foam models, she and her staff at Catalano Design took the Capelli stool from concept to museum-quality prototype in less than two months. ''From the beginning,'' Catalano says, ''the form of the stool was a simple curve that we kept refining until it was comfortable and beautiful.''

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  • Thin, curved form
  • Two halves of undulating molded plywood
  • Composed of 11 alternating dark- and light-stained hardwood inner plies
  • Light ash veneer on outside surfaces
  • Comfortable seating in an artistic form
  • Stable, cantilevered structure
  • Separates into two halves that stack conveniently
  • Where fingers meet, they become stops that hold each half of the stool firmly in place
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  • Overall: 17" H x 15.5" W x 13.13" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 12lbs

Herman Miller ® Capelli Stool

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  • Overall: 17" H x 15.5" W x 13.13" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 12lbs


Frame Finish: BirchPattern: Solid
Style: ModernFrame Material: Wood
Solid Wood Construction: NoUpholstered: Yes

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"Hi Karrie, the weight limit of this stool is 275 lbs." Janelle from Wayfair

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The Capelli Stool is a Modern style product. Modern style is very sleek with clean lines, and generally incorporates high gloss using whites, greys, and blacks. A focus on geometry and angular shapes is a hallmark of modern design. Glass and leather are also seen a lot with modern style. You can shop for more Modern Accent Stools in the Living section of our site.

Herman Miller ® Capelli Stool

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kei from East Lansing, MI– Verified Buyer

This was a wedding gift for my friend in Japan. Two supporting panels of this lovely stool is just perfect for wedding gift. It is sculptural and the shadows created by this stool is truly an art piece rather than just a stool.
It was packaged very securely so I was able to checked in the box for a long flight.
I am thinking about to buy one for myself. Loved it !

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Amanda L from United States– Verified Buyer

Bought this for my husband for his birthday after he saw it in a showroom. Needless to say he was thrilled and it was sent directly from Herman Miller free shipping

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MiuMiu from Bridgewater, NJ– Verified Buyer

Love the shape of the stool, it is very steady. The installation was easy. The only cons was the postponed delivery for a week.

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Love the design, but rather impractical

Qing from Davis, CA– Verified Buyer

Love the modern design, but the stool is rather impractical. It is just two separate pieces that you interlace them together. It is difficult to move it around since the two pieces easily separate. I bought two, and they are mainly for display.

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good looking in picture

internet buyer from Honolulu– Verified Buyer

The stool is good looking in picture, but not very comfortable if you use it for a bathroom vanity because of the seat texture.

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About the Designer

Carol Catalano

Carol Catalano  

When Carol Catalano was seven years old, she spent six weeks in bed with rheumatic fever. "To keep me from being bored, my dad gave me several books on drawing," she recalls, "and they opened a whole new world for me. That's when I decided I wanted to do something creative in my life." Her creative interest found a focus when she entered the Rhode Island School of Design after high school and discovered industrial design. "After the first project, I knew I had found my life's work," she says. Catalano says the training she received at RISD added a whole new dimension to her creativity. "They had a very hands-on approach, so I worked a lot with materials in the machine and wood shops." In fact, that hands-on training proved valuable when she was working on her Capelli stool. "One of the requirements for the International Furniture Design Competition in Asahikawa (Japan) was to build a full-size prototype," says Catalano, "which we did—in my garage." The effort paid off: Her stool took a Silver Prize in the prestigious competition in 1999—one of only eight awards given and the only American design selected from over 700 entries from around the world. Catalano has applied her creative talents to a wide variety of products since founding her business in 1987; current design projects range from "gig" bags for toting musical instruments to high-end audio speakers and other consumer electronics. She finds learning about new industries one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of her job. "I love giving artistic expression to things I've learned," she says, "and I'm always looking for ways to 'cross-pollinate.' Just the other day, for example, I was meeting with a thermoplastics supplier, and he was showing me the elastomer pellets in their raw state before they're melted down and injection molded. My immediate reaction was to think, how can we use these pellets in other applications?" Catalano likes to push the current boundaries of her field and has made a commitment to include much more thinking about the end user's experience in all her designs. "It's much different now than when I first started out," she says. "It used to be about just creating a good design. Now the first thing I think about in any project is how I can simplify and enrich people's lives." With the energy and enthusiasm she shows for her work, it's clear Catalano loves the career path she's chosen. In her time away from the office, she and her husband, an architect, enjoy windsurfing on a little island off the coast of Venezuela and spending family time with their twins. Office/Studio Catalano Design, Boston Awards/Recognition ID Annual Design Review, Honorable Mention, 2000 International Furniture Design Competition Asahikawa, Silver Prize, 1999 Exhibitor Magazine First Place Design Award, 1990 ID Magazine Annual Design Review, Best of Category in Consumer Products, 1987 Rhode Island School of Design Industrial Design Department, Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Design and Invention

About the Manufacturer

Herman Miller ®: The name is synonymous with innovation, design, operational excellence, smart application of technology, and social responsibility. Herman Miller ® studies work and living environments and designs and delivers products and services that make these environments work better. Through problem-solving research and design, the company seeks to develop innovative solutions to real needs in working, healing, learning, and living environments. Herman Miller ® began in 1923 as a manufacturer of traditional residential furniture, became a leader in "modern" furniture in the 1930s and 1940s; developed lasting ties through the 1950s with legendary industrial designers who led the company in new directions; transformed the office furniture industry with the first panel system in the 1960s; invented and refined ergonomic work seating in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; reinvented the geometry of systems furniture in 2000, and is today the second largest office furniture company with customers and locations around the world. Their history of employee participation and ownership and technological innovation has long roots and continues to grow. They have always worked hard to be serious about both people and business. They look at their primary goal as creating great places to work. George Nelson laid out five tenets of Herman Miller ® design philosophy 50 years ago: What you make is important. Design is an integral part of the business. The product must be honest. You decide what you will make. There is a market for good design. While fashion and style have their place, the main criterion for a Herman Miller ® product has remained constant: Does it truly solve a problem that people care about in a way that improves upon other solutions, or pioneers a new and better answer altogether? The answer is Yes.
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Capelli Stool is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: KC100./AV