Design studio: KiTAIP
The stool Pirst designed by Dalius Razauskas (b. 1967) represented Lithuania at the international European Design Exhibition – Sit down Please! in 2011 in Dusseldorf. The curators of the exhibition invited 40 designers from 40 European countries to present one original stool that in one way or another expressed the national traits of sitting. Razauskas exhibited Pirst, the seat of which is open, made of proportionally smaller rectangular frames, which cast a shadow forming the graphic image of a labyrinth. This is a universal chair, and is very comfortable to sit on for a longer period of time, because it lessens the gravitational load and even has certain massaging abilities. The initial idea for this piece of furniture was inspired by a client’s request for a seat to be created for a bathroom; this is why it has a flat plane for a seat, and is made of waterproof materials: birch plywood and stainless steel. Later, the designer created several variations of the this piece of furniture: a bar stool, a bench for two PirstPirst, and a shelving unit.
Razauskas studied at the Stepas Žukas School of Applied Arts in Kaunas (1988), where he explored the subtleties of artistic glass, and also in the Department of Design at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (1993). He works as a furniture, interior and jewellery designer, and regularly participates in exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad.