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Legacy

American Red Oak transcends time and generations

For several years now, the design project partnered by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and the London Design Festival has been an opportunity to experiment with the construction and expressive potential of American hardwood.

Legacy, the project of the 2019 edition of the festival, involved ten “commissioners”, major figures on the London cultural scene, and as many world famous or emerging European designers. Their brief: to design an object their “client” wanted to pass on either to their family or to the institution they headed. Craftsmen from the firm Benchmark Furniture produced all the pieces in their Berkshire workshop.

American red oak was selected by AHEC for the project. A highly sustainable timber, red oak grows spontaneously all along the...

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