Initiated and carried out against the backdrop of a global pandemic, ‘Connected’ – Benchmark’s (@madebybenchmark) latest collaborative project with the American Hardwood Export Council (@ahec_europe) – has seen nine designers come up with something that would enhance their working-from-home experience. The obvious twist is that they have been unable to visit the workshop or see their pieces in the flesh, and have instead relied on a lot of Zoom calls, countless WhatsApp conversations, and a good helping of trust. Nine designers chose from three woods to work with: red oak, maple and cherry. The material, as well as the lockdown, appears to have reignited an appreciation for the natural world in the designers. From Thomas Heatherwick’s maple planters, CNC-carved using an algorithm based on biomimicry and providing welcome greenery at his new London home, to Studiopepe’s ‘Pink Moon’ chair based on lunar movement, ‘each designer has drawn on nature in order to feel closer to it. Read more at, via link in bio. #wallpapermagazine #americanhardwood #connectedbydesign @designmuseum @officialheatherwickstudio @studiopepe_official @iniarchibong @jaimehayon @sebastianherkner @studio_swine @mariajeglinska @bruundesign @sabine_marcelis

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