Design Museum Academy Adult Workshop

Workshop: Build the Enzo Mari Sedia P Chair

In this hands-on workshop led by RubinoWilson, learn how to make a wooden chair inspired by Enzo Mari's iconic 'Sedia P', following a visit to the exhibition Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli.

What to expect

Enzo Mari, one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, formulated his seminal project Proposal for a self-design (Proposta per un’autoprogrettazione) in 1973. Using the simplest construction techniques, he devised instructions for the self-design of 19 models of furniture comprising only wooden boards and nails. These were published as a catalogue that anyone could request, for the price of postage. This radical proposal hoped to democratise design.

This 5-hour workshop will enable participants to experience Mari’s practice of open source and discover his design philosophy around simplicity and functionality as well as the importance of craftsmanship, precision and attention to detail in creating furniture.

• The dimensions of the completed chair are 85 × 50 × 52 cm

• This workshop is suitable for all aged 18+, including beginners

• Light refreshments and all materials will be provided for the duration of the session

The workshop includes a visit to our 'Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli' exhibition on the same day following the museum's opening hours.

Enzo Mari: Scale 1:5 P chair kit (Mantua: Corraini Edizioni), steel frame with photo, technical sheet, nails and balsa wood panels, 2002



RubinoWilson is a teaching platform, fabrication service and shop founded by Daniela Rubino and Lauren Wilson. They facilitate classes for Soho House and Birch Community, as well as classes and events for schools, galleries and companies such as Rimmel, Twitter, Google and Depop. Their products are made at their Hertfordshire workshop, and they offer a bespoke service for metalwork and mould-making which spans sculpture, furniture and industry. Visit


Booking information

Adult: £220

Early bird Adult: £200

Student: £200

Early bird Students: £190

Members*: £180

Early bird prices until 26 April 2024

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s ticket and not those of additional guests.

This workshop is for adults 18+.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

Background image by RubinoWilson.