Charlie worked briefly as an artistic blacksmith, inflatable maker, glass worker and architectural designer, but Charlie fell in love with the ecologically efficient route to creating work with green wood and steam-bending in 2002 and has revisited this avenue of work regularly ever since. In 2006 sixixis was founded with Tom Raffield and Chris Jarret, and in 2008 Charlie Whinney Studio was founded near Oxford, settling in 2011 in the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park where the studio is an ancient barn at the foot of Whitbarrow Scar.
Charlie studied Architecture at Kingston University, Furniture Design at Rycotewood, and 3D Design for Sustainability at Falmouth College of Arts.
Courses and CPDs
Since 2010 Charlie Whinney Studio has offered courses and CPDs sharing all of our knowledge and original research into applied design for sustainability and technical work developing new ways of steam-bending eco friendly unseasoned wood. Over 500 students have attended our unique hands on steam-bending courses which are now popular features at many of the top woodwork colleges in the UK and our content is taught by former students in universities in at least ten other countries.
Charlie Whinney is currently offering two CPDs, both about 1 hour.
1. Circular Economy for Everyday Design Projects (includes 3 case studies and offers a fresh look at circular economy making it easier to implement as a default during project development)
2. Steam Bending and Green Wood (includes 5 architectural case studies and demystifies the process for designers and architects)