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KAI WILLIAMS: What inspired your MAD project? “I wanted to design something that would be easy and cheap to produce with the tools I have. With the design I came up with, I can get about 10 stools per sheet of plywood. The stools are very fast to produce — I ended up making 20 the day of the open studio — and I left them unfinished so as to cut down costs. As you can see in this photo, I came to the studio with a bunch of the legs still in sheet form; I had cut them the night before on my CNC router from half-sheets of 1.5-inch thick baltic birch ply. I pre-cut them for easier transport, but also because they made a pretty pattern to display at the studio.”