Out of the Woods at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

The American Hardwood Export Council is showcasing Out of the Woods at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this week.

We’ve talked in previous blogs about our involvement in this great project which combined design and sustainability and involved RCA students designing and making  a functional chair using American Hardwood here at Benchmark’s workshops. The really exciting part of the project, from our perspective, was that the production of each chair was carefully monitored to prepare an accurate life cycle impact report to inform the students of the full cradle-to-grave environmental impact of their design and material choices.

Sean Sutcliffe, Benchmark’s MD, will be representing the Out of the Woods team at a Pecha Kucha tonight. He will share stories about the week’s camping experience at Benchmark and the invaluable experience the students took away with them.

Place: Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden
Date: 5 February, 2013
Time: Doors open at 19.30, talks start 20.20 sharp,
Party & DJ:s ’til late

List of Speakers

Mark Dytham, Klein Dytham Architecture (UK)
Mark van Iterson , Manager Global Heineken Design & Concept (NL)
Ross Lovegrove, designer (UK)
Sebastian Jansson, DESIGNER Beacon (FI)
Stina Nilimaa Wickström, Design director Volvo Construction Equipment (SE)
Mette Rode Sundström, CEO La uritz.com (DK)
David Wiberg, artist, actor (SE)
Sean Sutcliffe, designer Benchmark (UK)
Emili Padrós & Ana Mir, Industrial designers Emiliana Design (ES)
Daniel Ayuso, Creat ive Director Clase Bcn (ES)
Anton Alvarez, DESIGNER (SE)

About PechaKucha

PechaKucha nights, the presentation format where the speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas.  PechaKucha was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture and now exists in 530 cities throughout the world.

If you’d like to find out more about the Out of the Woods  project there is a book written by Ruth Slavid Out of the Woods: The Creation of 12 Hardwood Chairs which tells the fascinating story of this project with detailed design information for each chair as well as the life cycle impact results.  The publication is available at the Out of the Woods exhibition at the Stockholm Furniture Fair (ÖH:18 and ÖH:05) and can be ordered free of charge at www.americanhardwood.org

Out of the Woods on your iPad – The results of the project are available as a free iPad App on iTunes. The iPad App tells the pictorial, fictional, scientific and factual stories of the 12 chairs produced for Out of the Woods.  It can be downloaded free of charge from the app  store here orby searching ‘Out of the Woods’ in the App store.


Posted on: 5th February, 2013 By: Benchmark Category: Events & Exhibitions| Industry News