RICHARD WOODS

“Art is as much about design as it is art, and design is as much about art as it is about design.”
A painter, designer and sculptor, Richard Woods is a graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art.

THE STORY

Richard Woods well-documented work crosses boundaries between art, architecture and design and is most often made up of exaggerated, garish representations of traditional British architectural and interior motifs, such as wooden flooring, chintz wallpapers, crazy paving or red bricks. These “logos of reality” are created using traditional woodblock techniques and then applied as a second skin covering interior floors and walls. His work has been applied to a courtyard in the Henry Moore Project at the Venice Biennale 2004, to a residential building in upstate New York 2006, and a store interior for Comme des Garcons in Osaka in 2003. In these instances, Woods’ art expresses an extreme version of Englishness by taking over a space and saturating it with iconography.

Woods has also recently produced work for the London Underground, Paul Smith, collaborated on architectural projects in Sicily and Tokyo and is currently working on a host of projects including further architectural commissions in New York, London and Seoul.

WRONGWOODS BY SEBASTIAN WRONG
AND RICHARD WOODS

The Wrongwoods cabinets have been designed in the style of mid century modernist utility furniture, the emphasis is form, function, construction and material. Considerable expertise was needed to bring to manufacture an artisan process while retaining the originality and character of the artists’ work. Made in Slovenia, the specialist artisan furniture manufacturer uses highly skilled technicians who take their time to do the job right.

The artwork was sized to register precisely on each panel of furniture. The hand-drawings were then converted from sketch to an STL (stereo lithography) file to rout the woodblock using a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine. It was decided that a hydraulic press should be used to apply even pressure when making the print. This provides the most consistency of a production process without losing the look of the handmade process.

The woodblock is primed with paint every time a print is made. The coloured paints are hand applied to the woodblock with a paint roller and then pressed onto the surface using a hydraulic press. This hand application of paint means that each print will contain unique characteristics. After the printing stage the print is touched up by hand to ensure colour strength and that the paint has stayed within the lines of the design.

The component panels are CNC-cut into shape, and CNC-routed with stepped mitre joints before being painted. The joints are glued and have internal metal pins for added strength. The furniture is assembled only after all panels of the batch have been printed and lacquered. The manufacturing process requires a lot of space. Small batch sizes of ten pieces are printed and then assembled together. Printed panels are stored on racks to dry, a coat of lacquer is applied by hand in a spray booth before assembly and then a final coat is applied when the assembly is complete.

RICHARD WOODS