Quercus Stool II

Cyriaque Ambroise

Quercus Stool II by Cyriaque Ambroise is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants. Cyriaque’s work is inspired by the dialogue between Western and Japanese cultures. The stools are designed to facilitate the Seiza (正座) posture of kneeling and sitting on the feet - the formal and traditional way of sitting in Japan. The use of oak reflects symbolism in Western culture, while the hexagonal top derives from the tortoiseshell shape, which represents longevity in Japanese culture. Cyriaque deliberately retains knots and cracks within the pieces as a reflection on ephemerality and living modestly. His meditative process involves only simple hand tools and results in highly individual pieces with soul. Due to the thickness of timber used and the technique of making from 'green' wood, these stools have natural imperfections and will change further over time.

Material: Oak
cm: Width 19cm, Depth 19cm, Height 24.5cm
inches: Width 7.5in, Depth 7.5in, Height 9.6in
Care Instructions: Wipe clean using warm water and a soft cloth or brush. Dry out immediately.


By using simple hand tools, Cyriaque’s slow and measured technique allows nature to lead, following the grain of the wood and the natural forms.Using a carving axe on a homemade chopping block, the top blanks are squared before being hand planed and sawed with a Japanese crosscut saw. The legs are also squared with an axe, then refined with a drawknife on a homemade shavehorse. Cyriaque uses traditional joining techniques- without glue, wedges, screws or nails. By using the natural properties of the green wood, the legs are drilled then sunk into the green top before being finished in oil.
The Maker Cyriaque Ambroise Artist & Maker - London

Cyriaque Ambroise is a French artist who embraces the philosophy of simple living. He works between London, Paris and the Morvan Regional Natural Park in Burgundy, France. From his open-air studios, he creates unique objects and sculptural pieces, using natural materials, which he sources locally and ethically. Fallen branches and trunks, foraged in forests and parks constitute his main material, which he instinctively and rhythmically carves. As a tea enthusiast, Cyriaque is inspired by wabi-cha and creates a collection of objects dedicated to the Japanese ceremony every year, for the autumn equinox.

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