19 Chairs

As the world stays home, we have become more familiar with the objects that we live around. In reaction to the damage of Covid-19, 19 Chairs is a celebration of one of the most humble pieces of furniture.

Using 27mm square section timber, and 40mm wood screws, our challenge was to design and build a chair a day throughout lockdown.

19 Chairs. Built, but bare.

Each chair will be delivered to a host of inspiring artists and designers from all corners of the creative industry, who will be challenged to reinvent, reimagine or redesign their chair, in any way, shape or form, with an older person in mind. Paint it, dismantle it or photograph it, anything, the options are endless!

The reworked 19 Chairs will be displayed at our exhibition in December, and sold/auctioned with all profits raised donated towards Age UK and Resourcing Racial Justice.

We are supporting the heavily effected elderly generation and respective care-homes. Age UK is an amazing charity offering much-needed companionship and support to the elderly, through such challenging and lonely times.

“This sounds like such a fantastic way of raising funds for the charity. Right now, we need fundraisers more than ever, so we are truly grateful that you have chosen to support our cause at this time with this innovative project.” Daniel Stewart ― Community Fundraising Manager.

In light of the current cultural issues happening in America and across the World, we have decided to donate half of any profits raised to Resourcing Racial Justice — a coalition of people of colour (POC) innovators, change-makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change. We all must continue to research, listen and educate ourselves to help make the necessary changes in the world.

Line-up: Harrry Grundy, Max Siendentopf, Benjamin Edgar, James Shaw, Antony Williams, Wilfrid Wood, Isabel + Helen, Morag Myerscough, Brandon Carlton, Sabine Marcelis, Jean Jullien, Helmut Smits, Ashley Williams, Henry Gorse, Joe Lycett, Emma Brewin, Nicole McLaughlin, Tom Dixon, Es Devlin. 

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A stay at home collaboration with my brother, Tom Butterfield.

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