My mother gave me this incomplete stool. It’s missing one rung. I’m glad it is, because that missing rung inspired me to give this stool a special use. In my last apartment, the bathroom had no counter space. This stool was just the right height to set my glasses beside the sink when I washed my face. And its missing rung let it slide away from the wall without disturbing the little waste bin beneath it.
Iranian designer Pedram Harby used text to complete a broken stool’s structure, in the poster below. He found opportunity in asymmetry, and it reminded me of my bathroom stool.