Relieving Arch Stool


Made from high-quality birch plywood.

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About This Arch

A relieving arch is also known as a discharging arch. It is built over a lintel to help carry the weight above.

Relieving arches are very old. The earliest example is at the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. These arches found throughout Ancient Rome at the Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla, and the Pantheon.

A relieving arch found at an ancient ruins would suggest the arch had a large amount of weight above it, possibly several floors. Some openings had more than one relieving arch if the weight was extremely large. Relieving arches helped the Romans and other ancient civilizations build stronger, taller, and more impressive buildings.

Materials & Process

Material: 18mm (3/4″) Birch Plywood (B/BB)

Process: Machine Cut with CNC Wood Router

Finish: Sanded / Satin Poly


Metric: 280mm x 280mm x 450mm

Imperial: 11.02″ x 11.02″ x 17.71″

The Arch Series

Arches were first used to construct underground tunnels, drainage systems, and to span over windows and doorways. These arches could only support small openings as ancient walls were extremely heavy. Pointed arches were different. They allowed for thinner walls to be constructed due to vertical structural loads being carried more efficiently to the ground. Lighter walls meant more windows that could be taller and wider. Indoor spaces subsequently changed from being very dark to very bright. Arches became more decorative over time as structural concerns were easier to overcome. The thirty-two arches in this collections span thousands of years on all continents. You can easily find several types of arch walking around any major city. Arches provided an essential stepping stone in creating the world we live in today.

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