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Bodging Milano

Bodging Milano 1

The Bodging Project was an exhibition of exploratory furniture design, from renowned designers who have participated in woodland workshops to challenge their established practices and reconnect head with hand. We designed and curated the exhibition shown at the Milan Salone in 2010 with award-winning furniture designer and Bodging Project founder Chris Eckersley. The outcome was this elegant greenwood love seat which is now part of the Shipley Art Gallery permanent furniture collection.

In Pursuit of Carbon Negative





“Too many products today profess to be carbon neutral. The challenge I set myself is to expend less CO2 between the ‘felling to the selling’ of the furniture than would otherwise be absorbed during the tree’s lifecycle.”


In the Winter of 2012, two Ash trees were felled in a woodland in Herefordshire. Between the 19th and 29th of August, a group of students and Gareth cycled to the woodland from London, living a low-impact Carbon lifestyle by eating local produce, sleeping outdoors, and not using any electricity. The goal of Carbon Negativity may be an unobtainable dream but whatever carbon was used during this 10 day experiment was recorded and a lifecycle analysis on the products was performed. We attempted to demonstrate the potential for Carbon Negative furniture production in the 21st century by:


Manufacturing a product in the same location as the materials are grown, using only man power, horse power, and a drop or two of diesel
Questioning whether a product can remove more Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere than released in its construction; through assessing the Carbon emissions of equipment, lifestyle and transport
Promoting the notion of locality and sustainable production through exhibitions and distribution

Block 1: Colonnade

Block 1: Colonnade

Carved green-oak, traditional Shou Sugi Ban charring

The first piece in a new body of work from Gareth Neal is a continuation of his research into digital crafting. Using classical references, he combines previously unexplored processes with over a century old beams of green oak to create ancient, other-worldly artefacts dragged from history into a contemporary world.

All photography ©James Champion