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Backen­zahn Stool

c. 1996

by Philipp Mainzer
for e15

Backen­zahn Stool

by Philipp Mainzer
for  e15

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The e15 Backen­zahn stool, aptly named after the German word for molar,” stands as one of Philipp Mainz­er’s most iconic creations. This enig­matic piece tran­scends conven­tional defi­n­i­tions, effort­lessly morph­ing between a stool and a side/​occasional table. Its design centers on four post-like” legs, seam­lessly joined to create its distinc­tive volume. Notably, each leg is a sepa­rate element, and the space between them forms an engag­ing cruci­form shape when viewed from above, casting fasci­nat­ing shadows along the stool’s sides, accen­tu­at­ing its three-dimensional character.

Crafted from north­ern Euro­pean oiled oak or walnut, the Backen­zahn cele­brates the natural irreg­u­lar­i­ties of the wood, empha­siz­ing its stri­a­tions, grain, and splits. This means that every Backen­zahn stool is truly unique, with its distinct char­ac­ter­is­tics reflect­ing the wood’s organic nature. The base of each post element is metic­u­lously shaped to resem­ble the roots of a tooth, while the slightly concave tops, when joined, form a gentle depres­sion that enhances ergonom­ics when used as a seat. e15 offers vari­a­tions of the Backen­zahn stool with flat tops that are better suited for use as a side or occasional table.

With its narrow foot­print, the Backen­zahn stool is not only visu­ally strik­ing but also a versa­tile solu­tion that can serve as an impromptu stool or table in any inte­rior, adding an element of sculp­tural charm to your living space.


Philipp Mainzer


Born in Germany, Philipp Mainzer studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and architecture at the Architectural Association both in London. In 1995 he co-founded the modern furniture brand e15. Having established the progressive, enduring philosophy and unique branding of e15, he has received international awards for many of his designs, which are identifying icons for e15 and part of several permanent exhibitions in museums. Parallel to the creation of e15, Mainzer practiced architecture in New York and continues to do so since his return to Germany in 2001. He is a member of the executive committee of German Design Council and regularly gives lectures on architecture, design, and branding.

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