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Checkmate for Chris

21 July 2014

Bridie Farrell

UCLan student creates unique piece of furniture

A Chorley student has used his crafting skills to make an unusual table that also doubles up as a large wooden chess set for his final year degree project.

Chris Hodge, a 22-year-old contemporary crafts student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has created a stunning large wooden chess set with chairs that he has hand crafted himself, right down to the individual chess pieces.

He said: “The chess pieces themselves are based on and inspired by architecture in Manchester. One piece in particular was directly inspired by a building in the Northern Quarter.”

“The chess pieces themselves are based on and inspired by architecture in Manchester. One piece in particular was directly inspired by a building in the Northern Quarter.”

The former Runshaw 6th Form College pupil wanted to use materials that aren’t often seen in furniture including industrial materials, such as concrete, as well as birch, plywood, and metal.

In his work Chris uses the technique of geometric subtraction where he takes a cube and then cuts pieces out of it.

He added: “I wanted to create a piece of furniture that lasts. As most furniture breaks these days within a few years or even less, I wanted an individual piece that would outlast my own life and be around for longer.”