Burr Puzzle Stool Is A Puzzle To Sit On

I saw these stools on Designboom and I’m totally obsessed with them because they basically look like a squiggly mess and I want to sit in them to find out how you sit in them!

Designed by Chinese designers You-De Chen and Chin-Hua Lin, the stools use an adaptation of the Chinese mortise and tenon technique that’s been used with wood for over 7,000 years.



According to the designers, “the main principle of a ‘burr puzzle’ is assembling wood pieces in specific order and limiting each of the pieces movement only by the notches of the wood, which eventually creates a firm and solid connection.” Instead of wood, however, aluminum is used in this stool. The process is likened to that of a puzzle, where each part has a specific spot. The stool is assembled with nine mortises to become a sustainable structure.


Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.