Piano “Stool” by Helmut Palla

Helmut Palla is a real tongue in cheek chair designer based in Vienna. I have disregarded him too long here. His Klovier Hocker – German non expression that could be translated as “Stool with parts I’ve cut from the piano” – is one from 1996.


Wood, iron or words, all of them are cutted, deformed, distorted, disarranged. Sort of violence so I try to minimalize the injury of the existing & maximize the effect of the new impression with the precision of a surgeon. Sometimes it’s amputation, reducing to the essence, keeping only the bones & the identity.

You can count him in the same league – of Poetic Chair Clowns maybe(?) – as Pablo Reinoso and Martino Gamper