Project Won by James Henry Austin

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With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games coming to a close at the end of this week, British designer James Henry Austin provides a creative way to preserve the fighting spirit and enthusiasm of the XXX Olympiad. Originally inspired by London’s winning bid for the international event, Project Won is a line of wooden furniture that completely sources its material from salvaged sports hall flooring in the UK. Each piece is hand-crafted at Austin’s workshop in Shropshire, England, and the collection is a set of five pieces: chair, table, bench, coffee table, and coat rack. In the production process, the sports lines painted on the reclaimed planks are preserved, becoming bright yellow and white accents that stripe the furniture. Respect for tradition yields beauty, for all pieces are put together with joinery techniques to celebrate the visual differences among the individual boards. The concept behind Project Won is very much in line with the ideas of renewal and reuse prevalent in this year’s Olympics; much of the new architecture to house the Games was built with temporality in mind, and Danny Boyle’s direction for the opening ceremony promoted a constant revival of Great Britain over time. Through Austin’s work, it is now possible to rekindle and continue Olympic fever as the world looks forward to Sochi.

 

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Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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