This project explores different concepts or ideas within craft and design that can be easily understood through a chair by investigating the use of locally sourced waste materials and working with limited tools whilst self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The chairs in this series were produced in my garden at a time of uncertainty with a limited amount of materials and tools at my disposal. This project is a physical journal of my time in lockdown, driven by a methodology of making and keeping busy. Produced in an ad-hoc workshop that Robinson Crusoe would be proud of, this project speaks of compromise of resources but not of quality. Furniture is a completely new territory for me as a designer and maker, so I approached it from a more experimental rather than traditional way, subverting common techniques and hacking classic chair designs.
In the collection there is a chair that responds to the government’s social distancing regulations and is a nod toward Enzo Mari’s Autoprogettazione project and a chair that explores a new life and value for fallen palm tree leaves through experimenting with the waste material to find and utilise its unique qualities. By isolating and extracting pigments from organic materials, I also produced a set of stains and finishes made from completely natural biomaterials that allow my chairs to encapsulate the atmosphere of my garden workshop.