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Herman Miller ® Capelli Stool


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  • Herman Miller ® Capelli Stool
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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

Designer Carol Catalano entwined the fingers of her hands, and a new idea was born. She incorporated that straightforward, strong connection in her Capelli stool. 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
  • Easy shipping and storage
  • Separates into two halves that stack conveniently
  • Where fingers meet, they become stops that hold each half of the stool firmly in place
  • Wayfair also backs a 1-Year Herman Miller Manufacturer Warranty
  • Should you experience any problems with your Capelli Stool, Herman Miller will cover the cost of fixing it for you within this time period
  • Also, should you discover shortly after receiving your Capelli Stool that parts are either damaged or missing, please call us immediately, and we will be happy to send you replacement parts as soon as possible and at no additional cost.
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  • Overall: 17" H x 15.5" W x 13.13" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 12lbs

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


Frame Finish: Birch 
Pattern: Solid
Style: Modern 
Frame Material: Wood
Solid Wood Construction: No 
Upholstered: Yes
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“Hi, what is the weight limit of this stool?” asked by Karrie

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

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good looking in picture

 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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Love the design, but rather impractical

 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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 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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 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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 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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