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The AA Step Stool was made by Ishinomaki Laboratory and designed by Torafu Architects. Made from dimensional lumber, it serves not just as a stool to help one reach high-up objects, but as a stool for one to take a quick rest on. When two or more stools are joined together, they can be stacked laterally just like the AA STOOL to be placed in a compact manner.



Raw Cedar

Width = 400mm
Depth = 379mm
Height = 420mm

When viewed from the side, the stools form the letter “A”– hence its name the AA STOOL. The stools can be stacked vertically on both sides to become a bench, creating a small public space in the neighbourhood.


About  Ishinomaki Laboratory: 

Founded in 2011, Ishinomaki Laboratory started as a simple, public workshop for the local community devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Along with running DIY workshops for residents affected by the disaster, we participated in restoring and renovating local shops – as well as creating spaces where people could reimagine the future of the city together.

With the help of global furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, a team of designers lead by architect Keiji Ashizawa, volunteered to help local residents of Sendai rebuild their property by donating materials and expertise.  The result is products that are charmingly simple yet functional and attractive.

shinomaki Laboratory’s creative indoor and outdoor designs which are supplied by emerging and established designers and then made locally by residents of Miyagi Prefecture, are now marketed beyond the local community.

Ishinomaki Laboratory was awarded the coveted 2012 Good Design Award in Japan.


About Torafu Architects:

Torafu Architects is a Japanese architecture firm based in Tokyo. the firm was founded in 2004 by Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro. TORAFU employs a working approach based on architectural thinking. works by the duo include a diverse range of products, from architectural design to interior design, exhibition space, product design, spatial installations, and film making.

They have designed many stores such as Aesop, Pleats Please by Issey Miyake, Hermes, Beams and Tokyo Bike.


Tokyo, Japan
35.6894° N, 139.6917° E

Miyagi is a Japanese prefecture north of Tokyo on the east coast of Honshu island. It has a Pacific coastline, western mountains and several natural parks. Matsushima city is set on a bay with 250 rocky islands topped with pine trees, and the Zuigan-ji Zen temple has an art museum and an avenue of cedars. In Miyagi’s capital, Sendai, are the remains of 17th-century Sendai Castle, built for samurai lord Date Masamune

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