Wood Awards shortlist revealed
The shortlist for this year’s Wood Awards has just been revealed and we’re delighted that three out of the 10 designs were made here in our workshops. The Awards celebrate excellence in architecture and product design and recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
The pieces that have been shortlisted were all made as part of The Wish List, an exciting project, in partnership which The American Hardwood Export Council, where ten world-leading creative minds commissioned a younger generation of rising talent to make them something that they had “always wanted in their home, but never been able to find”. Each project was made in just one week last Summer – a week full of creativity, passion and enthusiasm that was a highlight of our year.
Shortlisted within the Bespoke category are Sebastian Cox’s ‘Getting Away From It All’ for Terence Conran and Garath Neal’s ‘Ves-el’ for Zaha Hadid.
Getting Away From It All uses wood to create a cocoon-like, private workspace. Curved sliding screens, woven with red oak made supple by soaking in the river that runs through our grounds, surround bookcases and desk made from cherry.
Ves-el was inspired by the form of a carafe or water carrier. Garath was interested in the idiosyncrasies of traditional hand processes such as a hand-thrown pot or a raised piece of silverware, and how simulating these could be achieved through digital imitation. The vessels were made in two parts on our CNC machine requiring extensive programming and adaptations.
Felix de Pass’ ‘Stool for a Kitchen’ has been shortlisted in the Production Made category. It was designed and made for Alison Brooks, who wished for a kitchen stool that was ‘the right height for a kitchen counter and that is quiet, clever and beautiful’.
All of the shortlisted projects will be on display at 100% Design stand L722, 23rd-26th September at London Olympia. The winners will be revealed by host Tom Dyckhoff at the 44th annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 10th November.
Image Credit Petr Krejki