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ZIBA stool

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For the design of ZIBA, Francis Kéré takes cues from typical African stools, traditionally shaped by carving solid shea logs with hand-made tools.

The ZIBA stool reinterprets this process using an advanced technology that consists in mechanical subtractions in a scented cedar log. It is made from completely natural wood and hand-finished without the addition of any treatment.

Its playful and soft shape evokes faraway worlds, as well as its name, which refers to an ironic Burkinabé expression to encourage avoiding indolence.

ZIBA has been designed for the installation Courtyard Village in Palazzo Litta during  the 2016 Fuorisalone in Milan.

It was also an integral part of the London Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designed by Francis Kéré. The stools complemented the Pavilion’s structure allowing for people to sit down and enjoy the shade.

The piece is produced by Riva1920, an Italian brand specializing in solid wood furniture. It is currently for sale at: https://www.riva1920.it/en/products/stools/ziba/

Status: Available for sale
Material: Cedarwood available in different finishes
Dimensions: 45,5 cm x 33 cm x 33 cm