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Passage Halle 3 | 11

Legacy Project – an exhibition by the American Hardwood Export Council

Legacy Project

Photo: Petr Krejci, courtesy of AHEC

Sir John Sorrell, chairman of London Design Festival, called on designers of international standing to collaborate with London’s leading cultural institutions on the creation of a “legacy piece” out of American red oak. The resulting wooden objects couldn’t be more different, yet all have one thing in common – a sustainable design approach that gives rise to projects that connect multiple generations.

10 objects in wood: bridges from the past to the future

The designers and commissioners are:

  • Fugu: Jasper Morrison Studio with Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Beehave: Marlène Huissoud with Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group
  • Serpentine Postbox: Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama (Studiomama) with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries
  • Duo: Terence Woodgate with Alex Beard CBE, CEO of the Royal Opera House
  • Writer’s Collection: Sebastian Cox with Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the British Film Institute
  • Musical Shelf: Martino Gamper with Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet
  • Valet: Max Lamb with Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate
  • Wooden Hinge: Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay (Raw Edges) with Iwona Blazwick OBW, Director of Whitechapel Art Gallery
  • Au: Tomoko Azumi with Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre
  • The Nest: Juliet Quintero with Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of London Design Festival

The project is a collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), whose European Director, David Venables, initiated the cooperation, and Benchmark Furniture, whose Berkshire workshop made all 10 of the objects. “AHEC always strives to increase the potential applications for American hardwoods. We wanted to create a project that highlighted the suitability of the American red oak for furniture manufacturing, while testing the performance and quality of this abundant wood,” says David Venables. “Legacy is a great project with incredible designers.”

The exhibition is a cooperation between Koelnmesse GmbH and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). Visitors to imm cologne 2020 will find it near the south entrance, in the passage between halls 3 and 11.