Poul Hundevad designed this folding stool based on one that was found in a grave dating to the 1300s BC in Vamdrup, Denmark. It is the oldest known piece of Scandinavian furniture.
This is part of the label that was glued to the bottom of the original seat. (Note: “bronceage” = Bronze Age.) I always thought that Hundevad’s stool was a stylized version of the original but turns out it is identical except for the way the leather is held in place in the frame.
You can read more about it on Denmark’s Nationalmuseet site.
This particular stool’s original leather seat was very dried out and had torn down the middle. I didn’t get a photo of it before I took it apart but here’s a bit of the leather.
I cut a new seat of some beautiful cognac-colored leather with a waxy, pebbled finish. These doweled slot joints are Hundevad’s design, or maybe he got the idea from another old piece. Ingenious!
The stool is available at Home Anthology in Catonsville, MD.