Great Windsor Chair Race 2

by ercol on August 8, 2012

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Following the creative outpouring in 2011, the Great Windsor Chair Race returned to The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey. Three furniture designers, Carl Clerkin, William Warren and Gareth Neal, again took up the race to produce as many novel pieces from a pretty random array of parts supplied by ercol.

As well as being a bit of fun, the chair race demonstrates the innovation that can come from the act of physically making.  The inspiration for this event started  when a group of furniture designers assembled in the woods of Herefordshire to learn the ancient art of “bodging” – greenwood chair-making.  They each made a chair which went on to be exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair and have been shown at a number of other design shows.  Then for the London Design Festival, they were invited by the V&A to present what they called “The Fantastic Broomstick Bodge”, where for one evening, assisted by the public, they made an improvised collection of benches, quickly created from boomsticks for legs and plywood for seats.  For many attending the event it was their first real experience of hands-on making.

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