During last week’s London Design Festival, Hendzel & Hunt presented their latest project dubbed Made in Peckham. Made from discarded waste material collected in and around their own neighborhood in South London, the design duo created an amazing collection of bespoke cabinets and other pieces of furniture, which are as emotionally compelling as they are honest and beautiful.
Jan Hendzel and Oscar Hunt, have both long been both woodworkers and craftsmen – where their well honed skills make themselves evident in their work. Together, their design methods present a proud and honest approach to both the materials they work with, as well as the traditional techniques they have reintroduced. Their carefully calculated design philosophy and strategy can be seen in everything they do – from exhibition design to web communication.
The saying ‘what you see is what you get’ naturally comes into play with these boys, as the Made in Peckham range hides no secrets or unexpected elements. All their pieces are made using traditional joinery techniques, which completely forgo the use of metal or other types of fixings, and instead opt for handmade wooden dowels for binding. Their stunning series include the Gowlett Stool, made from recycled wooden palettes; the Kirkwood Chair, which is produced by reclaimed hardwood and Victorian floorboards; and the Hinckley Table, which is similarly made and rests on a foot of six interlocked pieces of wood. The whole series can be viewed and purchased at The Shop at Bluebird in London, UK.
Hendzel+Hunt’s scrap-booking aesthetic, certainly provides a medium to give new value to other people’s rubbish. And while this mode of material reuse is not something new to us, the pair do however apply yet another dimension and qualitative promise through expert craftsmanship and traditional techniques.