Design Histories

Changeful chair

Today’s factory-made wooden furniture usually has smooth and uniform surfaces. Throughout the majority of Aydon’s history however, timber would have been shaped by hand, giving a much greater diversity of surface texture. The beams of the castle’s roof hint at this former aesthetic, where hand tooling has enabled a richer variety of textures.

When working efficiently with modern machinery, contemporary designers and makers are often inclined to make things flat, square and smooth because it is the easiest option. In these chairs, I wanted to experiment with an alternative aesthetic that avoids imposing flat, ‘perfect’ surfaces on the wooden components. The chairs combine this diverse surface texture with ancient joinery techniques, which would doubtless have been used to make Aydon’s historic furniture.

Materials: Ash, Pine, Mineral Paint

Designer: Phil Luscombe

Design Histories Working Group