The dictionary definition of a totem is an iconic piece or a special symbol, to which spiritual significance is attached. Sancal’s new Totem maintains the ancient symbolism of an icon that transmits balance and creativity. But what is it really? It is a sophisticated bar stool and the first collaboration of Sylvain Willenz with the Spanish firm. A clean design with which its author wanted to escape from the conventional forms of a stool and explore a new design language. Totem’s sculptural forms are surprising and its graphic silhouette reveals the designer’s talent for illustration, transcending the function of a seat to become a decorative object. Its apparently slender and delicate structure is, in fact, strong and sturdy. Its wide base seems to stabilize a fragile balance of straight lines and a circle. The central ring, as well as providing a pleasing silhouette, serves as a footrest. Reduced to the essentials, the seat remains comfortable without breaking the issusion of a two-dimensional drawing. The seat can be upholstered in any of Sancal’s leathers and textiles. The metal frame comes in two heights that can be laquered from a selection of 15 colours. Whether at home or at a bar, Totem is an interesting alternative.