Babu Chair


BABU Chair by SASA Works is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. This piece was inspired by organic irregularity found in nature, with an allusion to the idea of being ‘grown’ and not simply made. While creating the piece, SASA Works observed the many ways branches grow on trees and hoped to create a joinery that was precise yet sculptural, and carved yet comfortable. This way of designing and working with the living form of the wood, allowed for a wildness to be present in the final form, retaining some of the character of the tree. Much of the BABU Chair was made using hand tools, in order to reduce the impact. The chair celebrates the grace and holding of wood as a material and adds a characterful statement to any space.

Material: Scottish Wych Elm
cm: Width 58cm, Depth 61cm, Height 88cm (seat height 45cm)
inches: Width 22.8in, Depth 24in, Height 34.6in
Care Instructions Clean with a damp, lint free cloth and avoid use of abrasives and chemicals. Keep away from sunlight or direct heat sources.
Lead Time: 12 weeks


The wood is hand selected from sustainable sources, to utilise the most beautiful parts of the grain of the tree in the surface details. The wood is prepared and the various different joints are hand cut. SASA Works created a curved jig for the armrest pieces, which were steamed in a simple steaming box to create the elegant curves. Once jointed, the form is hand carved. The surface is finished with natural oil with a light tint to maintain the raw lightness of the wood. Due to the hand-selected timber and handmade production of this chair there may be variations in texture & finish resulting in a unique character for each chair created.
The Maker SASA Works Designer & Craftsman - London

Founded in 2009 by architect and maker Craig Bamford, London based SASA Works brings a holistic approach to architecture, furniture and objects. Craig works with artist Louise Isik Sayarer to create work that fuses art, architect, craftspeople, and the environment. Seeking to create a poetic and refined relationship between materials and space, SASA Works produces work which brings joy into everyday functional objects.

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