(Video link here.)  “Exercises in Seating” at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, is an exhibit of 40 chairs British designer Max Lamb has made over the past 10 years,  from elemental thrones in stone to boxy wooden chairs and and geometric stools cast in sand. It inspires serious chair lust and illumination into their possibilities. Even more compelling is this short video of Lamb’s process and the WHY OF MAKING…chairs or otherwise.

Every single one is a learning curve, every single one is a discovery. With every single one, I start not knowing what I am going to end up with.

It is about the learning, the discovery.


We’ve long been fans of Lamb’s work, and his generosity in showing every step of his process though videos, as though to invite the viewer to try it themselves.


Check out how he made the tree trunk stool, below, and by association, the trunk chair above.

max lamb hews a lacquered stool from a tree


If you can get hold of a big block of polystyrene, Lamb’s video will inspire you to carve it.

max lamb wants you to know how he does it so you can too

Lamb has expanded our view of “seating”, as well as ways of making…

Max Lamb Marmoreal 1


For more of Lamb’s chairs, check out this sideshow at Inhabit.

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