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London Design Festival
Out of the Woods: Adventures of 12 Hardwood Chairs

14 Sep 2012 to 23 Sep 2012
10am - 6pm
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Free, tickets required. Please book via the V&A Bookings office

The Design Products programme at the Royal College of Art has embraced working with hardwood.

An innovative collaboration between the Royal College of Art Design Products programme and longtime Festival collaborator the American Hardwood Export Council offers a fascinating approach to working with an age-old material – American hardwood. Out of the Woods explores the creative and environmental potential of this naturally renewable material by looking at the entire lifecycle of each product.

Working with British furniture producer Benchmark, internationally renowned for its craftsmanship in wood, RCA students – under tutors Sebastian Wrong (Established & Sons) and Harry Richardson (Committee) – have each designed a chair or seat using American hardwood. The production was carefully monitored with the help of sustainability experts, P.E. International, to prepare an accurate life cycle impact report for each chair. The reports contribute to AHEC’s ongoing research into hardwood’s sustainability credentials and inform the students of the full cradle-to-grave environmental impact of their design and material choices.

Accompanying publications tell the story of each chair.

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