Lazerian’s Liam Hopkins was invited to take part in Bodging Milano 2 in 2012, bringing together eight international designers in a secluded Herefordshire wood.
Bodging, the turning of untreated or ‘green’ wood to make furniture is an ages old method of creation, but through the exploration of antiquated techniques, innovation can often occur. New processes emerged after Lazerian’s Liam Hopkins was invited to take part in Bodging Milano 2 in 2012, a sequel to the first such event two years earlier, bringing together eight international designers in a secluded Herefordshire wood.
Bodging Milano is the brainchild of artist and designer Chris Eckersley who, after designing chairs for the Midlands furniture company Sitting Firm, came across Gudrun Leitz's traditional chair making courses. After a period of research into Leitz’s workshop programme and methods, Eckersley joined forces with the Designersblock design event to present the outcomes that would come from sending contemporary furniture makers into the wild, displaying the results at the Salone del Mobile showcase in Milan.
The eight designers involved in Bodging Milano 2 worked with traditional woodworking methods including steam bending and pole-lathing, considering how to work without power tools, computers and precision cutting. Looking to find new ways of working with the old, Hopkins pioneered a new wood turning process in the forest, by changing the angle of the chisel and speed of the pole lathe to create a hammered effect in each turned piece. The effect was retained by Hopkins an featured in his finished chair.