Above and top: William Warren
Called Bodging Milano, the project involved working for six days with woodworker Gudrun Leitz at her outdoor Bodging workshop in Herefordshire, UK.
Above and below: Carl Clerkin
Each design makes use of traditional outdoor chair-making techniques including steam bending, pole-lathing and hand tools.
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Above and below: Gitta Gschwendtner
Photographs are by Ed Reeve.
Here are some more details from Designersblock:
From 30th March to April 5th, 9 designers went back to the furniture, living for a week in the woods of deepest Herefordshire.
With the help of Gudrun Leitz and her assistant Paul, each made a greenwood chair in Gudrun’s outdoor workshop.
Above and below: Rory Dodd
All of them got out of the the studio, away from drawing boards, computer screens, and mechanised equipment into the hands-on world of the original country chair-makers working without electricity with pole lathes, steam benders and hand tools.
The 10 chairs plus a chair of Gudrun’s will be exhibited with Designersblock at Spazio Revel, Milan, during the Milan Furniture Fair which takes place 14th - 19th April 2010.
Above and below: Amos Marchant
The designers are Amos Marchant, Carl Clerkin, Chris Eckersley, Dave Green, Gareth Neal, Gitta Gschwendtner, Rory Dodd, Suzanne Barnes, William Warren.
Bodging Milano came about when Designer and Artist Chris Eckersley was asked to design a chair for Dave Green’s furniture company Sitting Firm.
Above and below: Suzanne Barnes
The resulting chairs called ‘Arden’ were a variation of the English Windsor Chair launched at Designersblock Milan 2009.
The Arden project led to an interest in traditional chair making and production so when Chris came across a chairmaking courses on the internet he thought he should go bodging himself to see what it was like.
Above and below: Gareth Neal
He sent some pictures from the weeks course to Rory Dodd at designersblock who said wouldn’t it be great to do something like that and present it in Milano and Bodging Milano was born.
Chris told his furniture friends and before we knew it we had a group of the UKs finest designers ready to bodge in Clisset’s Wood, Bosbury, Herefordshire. This is what we did.
Above: Dave Green
Above: Chris Eckersley