The stool Plopp was designed by the Polish designer Oskar Zieta and is on its way to becoming a design classic. Best proof: Plopp won the famous German Red Dot Design Prize in 2008; its unusual looks result from its unusual production method.
The design newcomer Zieta started to experiment with steel material while studying in Zurich (after he had studied architecture in Stettin) and developed his “FiDU-Technology” (Freie Innendruck Umformung / free interior pressure transformation) in which furniture is created and the material (two identical, welded steel sheets) is filled with pressured air. The steel plates then expand to the intended form.
The stool stands on three legs and has a hole in the middle of the seat and appears inflated – but Plopp is actually quite strong due to the inherent resilience of steel. No single stool looks like another because of this because not every deformation of the material is controllable. Every customer gets his/her own personal Plopp - a special attraction, which is an exception in today's industrial culture of mass production.