Design Daily: BaDesign Pallet Form Leather Stool


I’m loving the latest addition to PalletForm, a line of furniture from Oakland’s BaDesign that is made from repurposed shipping pallets. This new upholstered stool is a leather-wrapped update on the wood-topped version, but the coolest aspect is that it moves with you. 


The blackened steel base has two main struts for support, giving a bit of flexibility and making it a perfect stool for playing instruments. “I think seating that gives under a person’s weight is more intriguing than having a static platform,” Adams says, who says nervous types have also commented on the benefits of the sway. People who get motion sick, however, should opt for the stable three-legged style, which doesn’t move at all.


BaDesign Oakland Palletform leather stool

The PalletStool also comes in natural or dark finishes of oak or maple wood, from $905.

Designer Brandon Adams added the upholstered stool to his collection in June. “Our goal in the end is to have zero waste in the production—scrap from one piece becomes part of the next,” Adams says. The upholstered stool gave him an opportunity to reuse poplar struts—“not terribly attractive”—and recycled industrial felt. 


BaDesign is a husband-and-wife design team that Adams (who has a background in custom architectural fabrication and landscape architecture) founded in 2003. A few years ago, he brought his wife, Jennifer Ivanovich, on board. Most recently, she finished out Oakland’s first parklet outside Farley’s East coffee shop in late September, for which she selected and installed the plants. The lamb’s ears and strawberries felt very English-garden for Grand Avenue—I was there just a few days after the installation for a much-needed caffeine hit, and admired the twee blooms on the strawberries. Sidenote: Don’t just visit Farley’s for the parklet. The place happens to provide the best combination of coffee and foreign art-house magazines in the East Bay.


For Adams next projects, he’s working on lighting designs and two versions of a lounge chair—one is a low sling, while the other will have a distinct separation between the back and the seat. 

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