The 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards: Repair Project by Linda Brothwell

A bit cheeky… but hey aint that us.

Shortly after we published the shortlist, we quickly covered Linda Brothwell‘s Repair Project … and for reasons of time – the winner will be announced in about three hours – we re-hash it here.

Linda Brothwell’s Repair Project  was part of the 2009 Experimenta Festival in Lisbon. Invited by the British Council to participate in their “Timeless” contribution, Linda, along with her fellow participants was asked to respond to the dual implications of the subject – urgency and the passing of time.

Linda’s response was to use traditional techniques – for all wood inlaying based on traditional Portuguese embroidery patterns – to repair damaged park and street benches in the Portuguese capital.

Linda herself initially  studied metalwork and jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, before going on to study goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London.

What we like about the repair project is the fact that, rather like Nina Tolstrup’s Pallett Project, it is a simple – and in a way obvious – project that can be rolled out as required anywhere in the globe. It performs a necessary function, with a delightful style and grace…and benefits the community.

But it ain’t furniture design, and doesn’t teach us anything new about creating repairable furniture.

And as such, much as we like and approve of the project, we can’t really see how it can win.

Repair Project by Linda Brothwell

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: low

linda brothwell repair lisbon

Linda Brothwell Repair Project

Linda Brothwell Repair Project Lisbon

Linda Brothwell Repair Project Lisbon

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