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A new collaboration with Bridger&Buss launching at Clerkenwell Design Week. David Buss also trained at Parnham and he has an established joinery and furniture business in Devon.

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Sarah Kay will participate with other leading furniture makers in a competitive demonstration designing and creating contemporary Windsor chairs.

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10–13 May 2013. Saatchi Gallery


I’ll be showing my new Forest Chair with Contemporary Applied Arts (www.caa.org.uk). I’ve seen a few old Black Forest chairs, sometimes also called Swiss chairs, and nearly all of them showed signs of splitting across the seat.

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I was very excited to be asked by chair makers, Sitting Firm, to have my bodged chair design reproduced. It is very similar to the original minus a few wonky spindles and dodgy angles! It’s called the Pembroke Chair because I borrowed the form from the Welsh tradition of stick chairs.

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The donations’ boxes for the Geffrye Museum were installed towards the end of last year and I finally got to photograph them in situ. They’re made from solid oak with a back-lit glass panel.

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‘Before, During, After’ . 27 March – 2 June 2013 . www.harleygallery.co.uk


An exhibition of chairs made by the two bodging groups from 2010 and 2012. This includes a piece made before the experience – Infinity which contrasts well as it required almost zero tolerance in the making in order for the tapered mitres to be perfect, and then Bird Bender as my ‘after’ piece which was a result of me experimenting with steam bending on my own.

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Last summer I was invited to join eight other designers to experience bodging first hand with the expert guidance and infinite patience of Gudrun Leitz in Herefordshire (www.greenwoodwork.co.uk). We had five days to make a chair using the traditional tools and construction methods of the Windsor chair.

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