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GRAY Loves: Phloem Studio’s Bay Stool

by GRAY Editors

designer maker low-back stool and backless stool in maple wood with black rope woven seats in industrial warehouse with concrete walls wood flooring and factory windows

“We had a couple of clients ask if we could do a rope-woven seat similar to our Harbor Chair on a stool and that was the original starting point,” says Ben Klebba of Phloem Studio in Stevenson, Washington.

designer maker low-back stool in maple wood with black rope woven seats

The sturdy, yet elegant Bay Stool is a backless counter or bar stool with a rectangular seat crafted using 170 feet of polypropylene rope, similar to the rope used in sailing lines, says Klebba. “I grew up sailing. This whole line of rope-woven seating was designed by my father Ron Klebba and I over the past few years. He’s built wooden sailboats and I wanted to design something with him that conjured those memories growing up sailing and being around his woodshop.”

The Bay Stool’s base is offered in maple, white oak, cherry, walnut or black with rope-woven seat options in black, gray, navy or tan.


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