Charlie Whinney founded Charlie Whinney Design in 2008 with a strong academic background behind him. He studied Architecture at Kingston University, Furniture Design at Rycotewood, and 3D Design for Sustainability at Falmouth College of Arts, as well as working as a production assistant for Inflate Design and as an apprentice artistic blacksmith.
The company was originally based near Oxford, before Charlie took a career break of 18 months globe-trotting and working on large commissions. Now settled in the Lake District, the workshop is in a stone barn in the South Lakes, and most materials are sourced from the surrounding area and made by Charlie himself.
The Charlie Whinney Design Workshop exists to explore the relationships between materials, people and the environment – and strive to find where beauty and usefulness meet. Its wide range of projects blur the boundaries between fine art, architecture and design, with an overall intention to fulfill every brief contextually, ecologically, with beauty and innovation.
As an expert in a variety of design techniques, including steam bending, Charlie divides his time between designing and also providing creative consulting services and running design workshops at several UK universities.
Recent collaborations include the New Green Woodwork Pattern Book created in conjunction with Grizedale Arts and hosted by Charlie and Matt Turley. The event brings together the green woodwork world and the design world to try and make the traditional craft of coppicing more relevant in the modern day.
The Charlie Whinney Design Workshop also exhibited at the 2012 London Design Festival.
For more details please visit http://charliewhinney.com/.