softseating fanning stool + bench

softseating folding paper stool stores compressed like a book. This paper furniture unfurls into a compact paper stool or stretches into a long paper bench. Structured with honeycomb geometry, the seat takes on surprising strength and flexibility. Multiple elements can be stacked to create playful hills, or connected by magnetic end panels to form long, winding benches and creative seating topographies.

paper softseating is held in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

design by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen



This folding paper stool also expands into a folding paper bench. All of the paper furniture in the soft collection by molo have magnetic connectors to make it a versatile modular furniture system.

flexible form

an individual element can fan open into a single paper stool or stretch into a bench for up to six people.

This folding paper stool with natural wool felt pad makes a great modern dog bed. The lamb's wool is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial and insulating. Bear the boxer loves the wool dog bed.

wool felt pad

each diameter of fanning stool has a corresponding wool felt pad, which may be used as an optional cushion or soft table surface.

the original folding paper stool with wool felt tote made by molo, designed by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen. These folding stools belong to a family of expanding paper furniture and folding walls.

wool felt tote

the two smallest sizes of softseating are available with a convenient felt tote, for whisking the paper seats off to a gallery, garden party or concert.

Surfers sit on softseating folding stools. Great beach furniture, this portable seating comes with carry tote. This is the water resistant textile version of original paper stool by molo.


the paper furniture is made from a highly robust blend of new and recycled fibre, coated with a non-toxic fire retardant.

the textile is a durable, nonwoven polyethylene that is water- and tear-resistant. Both materials are 100% recyclable.

There is a natural beauty to the way a paper stool ages.


with time and use, the top surface softens and folds into a unique, organic pattern. The crushed facets catch light in a beautiful, variegated way, while the honeycomb geometry of the structure below remains strong and intact.

The original folding paper stool by molo. This collection of high quality paper furniture with magnetic end panels includes paper tables, paper stools, paper benches and folding walls.

magnetic connectors

magnetic end panels form the last layer of each fanning stool, creating a strong, natural clasp for the seats to connect to themselves or to other modular elements.


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