Freestyle Carpenting

with Niels Albers

26 Nov 2022

High quality furniture that can be made by anyone, with simple tools and without special training – this was the idea behind Enzo Mari’s design approach. As a tribute to the work of the communist furniture designer Enzo Mari, the godfather of the Maker Movement, we will host a DIY furniture workshop with Niels Albers.

Bring your own plank and get a cheaper ticket. See below for more details!

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Workshop participant holding her Enzo Mari creation - Jessica Cohen


What you will do

We will transform the Mediamatic's Sluisdeurenloods into a wood workshop to bring alive the vision and design process of Enzo Mari. Your tutor, Niels Albers, will introduce you to some elementary carpentry tips and tricks, and will offer you guidance whenever needed. Each participant will have the necessary materials and tools to create the classic Sedia 1 chair. However, if you wish, we can also provide you with some other designs by Enzo Mari - feel free to experiment! The resulting pieces can be taken home or can be donated to Mediamatic.

Bring your own plank

By bringing your own wood, you can pay less and still join in our workshop. In true spirit of Enzo Mari who made use with what he had, you can bring the following quantity of wood to make the sedia chair in the photo above:
At least 6 planks of 22x35x650 (mm) wood.
At least 7 pieces of 18x196x550 (mm) wood.
If the pieces of wood are slightly thinner, you will need to account for 2-3 more of them to complete the chair. You can cut the pieces and planks to length in the workshop. 

Enzo Mari

Enzo Mari drew inspiration from the idealism of the arts and crafts movement, and his political views as a communist. In 1974, he created his noteworthy manual: Autoprogettazione?, which can be loosely translated as ‘self-design’. With this manual he sought to provide simple - yet beautiful - quality furniture, and open source the designs. The furniture projects were meant to be constructed at home, with a hammer and some nails only.

Niels Albers 

Niels Albers is a Dutch artist and designer based in Amsterdam. In 2010 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Audio-Visual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. After obtaining a Master of Interior Architecture at the Sandberg Institute in 2018, he was one of the founders of Fabulous Future a collective of seven, which is engaged in combining research, development and construction of spaces, events and situations. His great talent is to make the most wonderful ideas technically and practically concrete, preferably by designing constructively, which can be seen in some of his works in public space.


Full price €95 | Discount €75
Bring your own plank full price €71 | Discount €50
We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


26th of November, 10:00-14:00
We maintain a minimum of 6 people.
Please note that unless everyone speak Dutch, this workshop will be held in English.
For questions please e-mail

We are taking corona safety into account at our workshops. 
Read our ticket terms and conditions here.