Ian Spencer and Cairn Young together make up Yard Sale Project, a unique force of talent changing the way in which wood can be assembled, manipulated, and carved into new, artistic designs. Through innovative and unprecedented techniques in woodworking, they create material-driven, one-off and small batch pieces of furniture that combine the unique design skills of Young with the making talents of Spencer. All Yard Sale Project items are made by the artists in their workshop and studio in South London.
When considering which timbers would complement each other, which would clash, and which were too similar, Yard Sale Project discovered that with enough variety, such considerations become redundant. Many timbers bring out an appreciation of each individual piece as opposed to their relation to one another. A chaotic mixture of woods becomes harmonious and balanced. Through both mathematical and artist mans, Yard Sale Project took to discovering how to make items of furniture without using the traditional construction techniques that tend to force a limited array of design possibilities. They hence developed the “Chaos Theory”, a construction technique that breaks free of traditional boundaries whilst still retaining an understanding of how to work with wood. Their rejection of tradition has crossed over into Yard Sale Project’s attitude to other materials, an example of which can be seen in their use of plastic plumbing pipes to make their chair Hepworth.
Yard Sale Project’s work resides in prestigious collections and has been exhibited worldwide at art fairs and museums, including at the Museum of Arts and Design exhibition Against The Grain, where its Roccapina Chair received critical acclaim and publication on the museum catalogue’s cover.
As Yard Sale Project also works on a commission basis, custom pieces with bespoke dimensionality may be accommodated.