19 Chairs for Creativity + Change

At the end of April, London-based brothers and emerging designers Tom and Will Butterfield launched 19 Chairs to raise funds for Age UK and Resourcing Racial Justice. Using sections of wood along with wood screws, they challenged themselves to design and build one chair a day for 19 days during lockdown.

With all of the chairs assembled they’re now moving on to Stage 2 of the project: delivering the chairs to artists and designers from the creative industry who have been asked to reinvent, reimagine, or redesign their chair with an older person in mind. Signed up to participate you’ll find designer Tom Dixon and illustrator Jean Jullien among others. With only four spaces left to fill, we can’t wait to see the results!

Their plan is to sell these revamped chairs with all profits raised being donated. Tom and Will first chose to give their support to the elderly that have been heavily affected by COVID-19, with Age UK offering companionship and support to their generation. And in light of the Black Lives Matter initiative, they decided to donate the other half of their profits to Resourcing Racial Justice. This group of POC individuals are innovators, change-makers, activists, artists, and social leaders who are dedicated to social change.

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Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.