Boat-Building Inspires Asa Pingree’s Fiberglass and Foam Stool
Apprenticing in his father’s boat-building shop in Maine, Asa Pingree learned how to solve the challenges of designing and fabricating. His sense of discovery endures today at his Brooklyn workshop, where he recently began experimenting with fiberglass. “It frees me to play with the form,” he explains. “I can explore simple shapes for beauty or fun without the structural engineering tendencies in me having a say.” One of the first fruits of his labors: Monitor, a stool named after the cylindrical turret on the Civil War battleship. The pert seat is formed from fiberglass over a foam core, then finished with a gel coat to boost durability. The latex foam cushion is upholstered in hand-stitched silk velvet.