Designer Gitta Gschwendtner talks about making her Bodge Bench for the Stepney Green Design Collection and east London's "great creative atmosphere" in this movie filmed by Dezeen.
Gschwendtner is originally from Germany but has been living in London for over 20 years and has worked from her studio in Hackney, east London, for 12 years.
She worked outdoors using rustic wood-crafting methods to create the two-seater bench from her Bodge series, and the one-off three-seater bench for the collection is based on this design.
"Bodging is a very traditional chair-making technique where you use green timbers and no electricity, working in the woods with hand lathes and axes," explains Gschwendtner.
The Bodge series also features a two-seater and six-seater bench, as well as a single chair, all made using the same technique in a similar style. The other pieces are all made from oak but this special-edition bench has been crafted out of English olive ash.
The Stepney Green Design Collection consists of 10 products selected by Marcus Fairs of Dezeen from creatives who live near to VIVO, a new housing development in the east London district. The project also includes objects chosen by east London bloggers Pete Stean of Londoneer and Kate Antoniou of Run Riot.