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A stool easy to sit in and get up from, KYU gives the option to move freely when working at a standing desk or high table, which helps with productivity. Designer Michael Schneider envisioned the idea for KYU from his experience with an injury to the lower back; he wanted to create a chair that would ease the burden on those who do better incorporating movement rather than sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

This high stool, with its attractive point of long, upright legs, showcases the qualities of Hokkaido-grown Japanese Ash wood, and is perfect for giving an atmosphere of intellectualism to your space, whether it is a cafe counter, an open office, or within the home. The strong, sturdy shell-type seat firmly supports the body and gives a feeling of stability. The edges are smoothly and carefully carved in order to preserve comfort without sacrificing the overall sharp impression, and it is upholstered in a way to bring out this look.


Michael Schneider
Michael Schneider

Born in southern Germany in 1962, Schneider studied product design from 1984-89 through Richard Sapper, designer of items such as the IBM ThinkPad, at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. In 1993, he founded his own brand, designschneider, in Cologne, and moved it to Berlin in 2009. He was on the judging committee for Hong Kong Design Awards 2013, and for FUNREX Egypt International Trade Fair's "FUNREX Awards 2015." He is also a recipient of many awards, such as the Interior Innovation Award, iF Design Award, red dot award, and Good Design Award.

Schneider has been involved in many projects in exhibition design, product & furniture design, and trend investigation. He has clients worldwide, and is committed to design that is unique, beautiful, and highly functional. He strives to create products that can be used and enjoyed in daily life, including furniture, tableware, and sanitary ware.

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