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Investigating the spirit of place

July 21, 2011

Bucks Mills Cabin © pachadesign 2011

I was delighted to hear that furniture makers and fellow bloggers Sammy and Glenn of pachadesign have been asked to do an intervention at the National Trust property Bucks Mills Cabin.

Mirror by pachadesign at Bucks Mills Cabin © pachadesign 2011

Sammy and Glenn create furniture and accessories using reclaimed and natural materials. They have a beautifully spare and yet textured aesthetic that might be termed ‘post-industrial wabi‘.

© pachadesign 2011

They live close to Bucks Mills village, which is on the north Devon coast between Clovelly and Bideford. Glenn happens to be a surfing buddy of the local National Trust ranger (networking Devon-style!) and they got talking about plans to use the tiny building for artists’ residencies.

Table by pachadesign, textiles by Sam Pickard and ceramics by RAMP, at Bucks Mills Cabin © pachadesign 2011

The Cabin was owned by artists Judith Ackland (1889-1971) and Mary Stella Edwards (1893-1989). They stayed and worked there during the summer months between the 1920s and Judith’s death in 1971. 

© pachadesign 2011

Sammy and Glenn have temporarily replaced some of the contents of the Cabin with their own creations and those of ceramicists RAMP and designer Sam Pickard.

Table by pachadesign and chair and textiles by Sam Pickard, at Bucks Mills Cabin © pachadesign 2011

The items have been selected to fit in and at the same time to subtly contrast with the setting. I think this is a fascinating investigation into what ‘spirit of place’ is and how it is created.

© pachadesign 2011

The installation at Bucks Mills Cabin can be seen this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (22nd to 24th July), 11:00-15:00.