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Constructed from millimeters-thin sheets of aluminum, each folded only a few times, this bench-and-stool furniture set is at once simple and complex.

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Sara Mellone‘s process for construction is straightforward and structurally honest – each piece of aluminum is folded exactly as you see it, and there is not cutting, which minimizes difficulty as well as waste.

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At the same time, the visual results are rich thanks to the reflectivity of the constituent material (except in the cases where it is powder-coated) and the variability of the physical outcome.

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No two pieces are alike, and each reflects the same kind of whimsy found in subconsciously-folded slips of paper, which was the inspiration for these pieces in the first place. The series is also a great reminder of the power of conceptual simplicity, and how design doesn’t have to look difficult even when it is.