Bodging Milano

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Some of my favorite works shown last week in Milan emerged from Designersblock, which showcased recent works in green wood by a series of nine designers. These folks ventured to Herefordshire where they lived and worked for a week with Gudrun Leitz. The chairs produced on the trip utilize traditional bodging technique – in short, turning green wood – and also employ other traditional methods of furniture manufacture like steam bending.

In all, the results meld contemporary aesthetics and historic precedences. Normally, I’m not fond on contemporary takes on antique forms, but in this case the methods lend well to odes to the past with firm eye toward the present. The chairs are simple, but remain full of intrigue and with notes of the craftsman’s hand. (via Dezeen).

View a few more examples from the project after the jump.

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