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  • Issue 51

How to Make
a Chair

And do it on a tiny budget. Words by Benjamin Dane. Photograph by Annika Kafcaloudis. Chair by Hugh McCarthy.

Have you ever considered building your own chair? For most people, the answer to this question would be a quick and easy No. After all, at first glance, it might seem like a daunting task—rightfully reserved for skilled woodworkers and furniture designers who have spent years perfecting their craft.

But some of these craftspeople themselves would beg to differ. The late Italian furniture designer Enzo Mari even encouraged people to “self-design”—a loose translation of Autoprogrettazione, the title of his book, in which he proposed a recipe for “making easy-to-assemble furniture using rough boards and nails.” 


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty-One

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