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Wild Bodged Chairs

London-based valentina gonzález wohlers has created ‘wild bodged chairs’, a series of hand made seating objects that demonstrate the slow pace of an unfolding design process. By looking into reclaiming craft in contemporary creative practices, the project responds to the anonymous and the generic manufacturing techniques that ultimately manifolds furniture into a ubiquitous state. The collection is influenced by the idea of developing a concept based on the appreciation of classic furniture.

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By drawing from the grand porter chair’s characteristics as reference, the seat receives a new context being surrounded in different environments, where using raw mexican material and traditional craftsmanship, adds a dynamic perspective to the creation process.

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Wood and branches of all kind, lengths and thickness are utilized to create a dialogue between components, where they intersect, hug, meet and divert, to cross again; dancing to an organic rhythm played by nature. By combining a collaborative process between designer, artisan and the environment, a unique synergy of creation provides the framework for an organic and natural final form.

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Valentinaʼs design fuses conceptual thinking, artistic approach and usability. What is unique about her work, is its originality, boldness, narrative and outstanding quality.Valentina offers furniture and accessories created in the line of emotional design: pieces made to last, to grow older with their owners, becoming into much more than just a material possession to them. The designs are not based in disposable transit trends. This particular take in furniture and accessories invites the user to interact with it, to play, to question, to surprise, to enjoy.

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The Wild Botched Chair is an intriguing, one of ­a kind handcrafted piece of art, created in collaboration between Val and Oaxacan artisan Gabriel López. The Wild Botched Chair re-­stages something forgotten, overlooked dead wood, yet not dead at all from nature back to nature.

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Valentina González Wohlers:

Borne from the woods of San Jose del Pacifico, at the highest point of Oaxaca’s Sierra, Mexico; The Wild Bodged Chair edition is an intriguing, one-­of-­a-­kind handcrafted pieces of designart, created in collaboration between Val and Oaxacan artisan Gabriel López. The Wild Bodged Chair re-­stages something forgotten, overlooked -dead wood, yet not dead at all- from Nature back to Nature.

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Inspired by the classical Victorian ‘Porter’s Chair’, The Wild Bodged Chair recreates and tropicalize its concept, delivering a new one based on traditional craftsmanship and ruled by Nature. Each pieces is a one-off and made by request.

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Data:

Name: Wild Bodged
Type: Chair, Outdoor Furniture
Materials: Mora Wood
Materials Combination: Wood, Wood + Color, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: 200x120x90 cm
Colour: Natural Color, Blue
Year: 2012

Awards:

  • 2012 Ibero-American Design Biennale Competition Awards – Madrid 2012 – shortlist

The people:

Furniture Designer: Valentina González Wohlers, London, United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Valentina González Wohlers
Images: © Valentina González Wohlers

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