William Warren

London based product and furniture designer

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From 30th March to April 5th 2010, nine designers went in the woods of deepest Herefordshire. With the help of Gudrun Leitz and her assistant Paul, each designer had to make a greenwood chair in the outdoor workshop. The challenge was in getting out of the studio, away from drawing boards, computer screens, and mechanised equipment and back into the hands-on world of the original country chair-makers. In the woods there is no electricity, only pole lathes, steam benders and some very old school hand tools.

At the end of the exhausting week a van arrived in the woods to take all nine chairs to Milan, where they were exhibited with Designersblock at Spazio Revel, during the Milan Furniture Fair which took place 14th – 19th April 2010.

The designers were: Amos Marchant, Carl Clerkin, Chris Eckersley, Dave Green, Gareth Neal, Gitta Gschwendtner, Rory Dodd, Suzanne Barnes and William Warren.

Link to press about the project

Link to Crafts Council review of the project

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