The dictionary definition of a totem is an iconic piece or a special symbol, to which spiritual significance is attached.
Sancal’s new Totem maintains the ancient symbolism of an icon that transmits balance and creativity.
But what is it really?
It is a sophisticated bar stool and the first collaboration of Sylvain Willenz with the Spanish firm. A clean design with which its author wanted to escape from the conventional forms of a stool and explore a new design language.
Totem’s sculptural forms are surprising and its graphic silhouette reveals the designer’s talent for illustration, transcending the function of a seat to become a decorative object.
Its apparently slender and delicate structure is, in fact, strong and sturdy. Its wide base seems to stabilize a fragile balance of straight lines and a circle. The central ring, as well as providing a pleasing silhouette, serves as a footrest. Reduced to the essentials, the seat remains comfortable without breaking the issusion of a two-dimensional drawing.
Alternatively, a solid oak top or seat can be fitted which can be stained from a wide selection of 22 colours. The seats can also be upholstered in any of Sancal’s leathers or fabrics. The metal frame comes in two heights that can be laquered from a selection of 16 colours.
Whether at home or at a bar, Totem is an interesting alternative.
Totem is part of Museo Collection.
"I like to devise my products as new and innovative, however they should always feel familiar and comfortable, hence my very graphic and simple language, with references and timeless forms. A lot of the time you’ve seen it… but you haven’t. "