Fitting First Recreation Found Hiding in Plain Site

Fitting First Recreation Found Hiding in Plain Site

One afternoon, during a hunt for "treasure" in one of the lesser-used mill buildings, a group of employees unearthed a curious stepstool. Like many historical items that never had a chance to be archived, its individual history is lost and the only clue to its use is that it was found in a former machine shop.

But, the beauty of its simple design was not lost. One textile designer adopted it and uses it every day at her design table, feeling that the single seat and step provide her with the perfect body position for a long day scrutinizing and designing weave patterns.

As the stool begins a new history with its new owner, it represents a strong tradition of creating sturdy furniture to be passed through generations. And to share that tradition with a larger community, Amana's designers have recreated the stool and modified its function to be used as a seat for the community at large. The simple A-shaped stool represents not only Amana's name, but a dedication to sharing Amana's story with new generations that blends past and present through its design.

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