Bodging Milano One Year On at Designersblock

Friday, 29 April 2011

Long Bench by Gitta Gschwendtner

Bodging Milano One Year On is a project with a rich back-story. British furniture designer Chris Eckersley developed an interest in 'bodging' (back to nature woodworking) and after trying out the process for himself, invited eight UK designers to come along with him for the next go. A week was spent in Clissett Woods, Herefordshire, creating chairs by hand from unseasoned timber, and the results were shown at Designersblock in Milan 2010.

They proved popular. So at this year's show, prototypes of the now refined collection of 12 chairs were on display - and are available to order now from Warwickshire-based furniture-makers Sitting Firm.

Sunray Easy Chair by William Warren

The group of designers involved in the project alongside Eckersley are Amos Marchant, Carl Clerkin, William Warren, Gareth Neal, Gitta Gschwendtner, Rory Dodd, Suzanne Barnes and Dave Green.

Love seat by Gareth Neal
WGSN-homebuildlife was struck by the fine craftsmanship and considered details inherent in each chair - with the exhibition proving one of the craft highlights of Milan this year.

Child's High'n'Low chair by Amos Merchant
2-seater bench by Gitta Gschwendtner
Carl Clerkin
2-seater bench by Dave Green
Bodging Milano One Year On at Designersblock, Milan 2011