Village people: Designer employs local craftsmen

11 : 07 : 2012 Heritage : Carbon : UK

Brighton, UK – Two businesses have been brought together by University of Brighton 3D design graduate Robert Grimshaw to create a collection of furniture combining their disparate trades.

To create the Production Partnership collection, Grimshaw paired a Ramsgate-based sign maker with a seat weaver from the nearby village of Wingham. The two then helped Grimshaw create the different sections of the chairs.

By enlisting the skills of local craftspeople, Grimshaw is not only supporting local industry, but is also maintaining a low carbon footprint, as the travelling distance between each production stage remains relatively short.

The plans for the chairs were also published online, enabling other creatives and trades people to collaborate and make their own.

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