Esker Stool

topographical seating and storage



The Esker stool is a sculpted piece of nature influenced by the hills of southern France. I designed and created the stool in collaboration with Madison Heim, a fiber artist, while we were studying abroad in Lacoste, France. The idea for the stool came to us when we wanted to create a piece that captured the beauty of the landscape and thought our skillsets would compliment each other nicely.


Concept Development

We sketched out several concepts and ideas. While exploring the countryside, we came across a fallen tree where several logs had been cut up and tossed aside. We grabbed one and quickly narrowed our idea to utilizing the natural resources of the area.



Lacoste, France is a medieval village perched on top of a hill. It's pretty far away from any major cities, and while we did have resources to produce the soft cushion of the stool, the stump itself had to be worked with hand tools. I was able to cut the stump to size and started to hollow out the center with what chisels I could find. Progress was slow, and it certainly made me appreciate how objects were made before powertools, Thankfully, a gracious man walked down through the path where I was working and offered to help. He fetched his chainsaw and finished hollowing out the rest of the stool.


Final Product

The Esker stool was exhibited and sold at the Lacoste Vernissage in spring 2014. Madison Heim embroidered the cushion with a topographical map of Lacoste. The lines flow down the side and into the wood grain, unifying the piece. The small hollow nook in the stump is perfect for storing a book or two.


Esker Stool by Nicholas Baker and Madison Heim   /   Spring 2014   /   Self-initiated

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