Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Lost and Found Chairs, or "To a good home".

During the fall, I collaborated with Toronto designer, Cameron Maclean on a project we had been planning for some time.  Using abandoned, broken, curbside, solid wood chairs we planned to rehabilitate them and make them useful and beautiful again.

All of the chairs we found were covered in a minimum of 4 layers paint which we carefully hand stripped and scraped, sanded, disassembled, reassembled and replaced broken components with metal cobwebs, spindles and armatures.  While many of the changes were subtle, it was satisfying and exhausting to see the project come together.

In the works for over four months, slogging through snowstorms at night, too many meals from curry in a hurry to recall, and clothing forever covered in epoxy, wood dust and stain....they are here!

All of the chairs that we found were named after the street on which they were found: Sorauren, Dowling Avenue etc. in Toronto.

Launched as part of Toronto's International Design show week, at satellite gallery, MADE on Dundas. 

They were featured on Design Sponge before the show, and I wanted to share the post, written by Grace here!


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