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in the woods

'In The Woods' London Design Festival 2012.

Bloomberg 'Waste Not Want It' 2012.


I was commissioned by Bloomberg to create a seating area for their London offices using Bloomberg's waste and waste in general launched during London Design Festival 2012.

An intimacy is intentionally evoked within the seating I designed and made, challenging the language of office furniture. I did not create the 'new' in an ever expanding design forum but went backwards to use forms which are already part of my existing working practice. These forms such as 'In The Woods' 2009 'Whittle Chair' 2009 and 'Litter' 2009 represent the need to remain out of fashion in my use of the unfashionable. I wanted to keep my ethics that there are enough unwanted chairs already in existence without altering yet more waste material to create further 'new' chair designs.

I focused on building a collaborative partnership with Bloomberg that incorporated their ethics and mine.

I designed and made a seating area titled Bloomberg 'In The Woods' . The waste I used from Bloomberg was 1500 used Selective Picking Requests A4 paperwork from there recycling warehouse. In addition I used 32 discarded and unwanted chairs and 2 stools. The chairs were sandblasted and personally hand chiselled, then constructed into 2 lovers 'In The Woods' chairs capturing the notion of 4 arching trees to be sat under.The 1500 used Collective Picking Requests paperwork was overprinted with leaves that I had collected and photographed. These used A4 paper sheets were joined together creating a 33 ft long single sheet of paper which was crumpled into a large pile of leaves and scattered underneath the 'In The Wood' trees.

The Collective Picking Requests show the cycle of redistributing waste so carefully undertaken by Bloomberg.

I have therefore created nothing new for London Design Festival 2012.


The Bloomberg 'In The Woods' seating installation will be in Bloomberg offices for the next year.

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Taken on September 17, 2012