A shortlist of 12 projects has been selected from a record number of 182 British furniture and product projects in this year’s Wood Awards. Two bespoke designs, six production and four student designs have been selected by the judges led by Max Fraser, design curator and author. All of the shortlisted projects will be on display at 100% Design stand L620, 21st-24th September at London Olympia. The winners will be revealed by host Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts magazine, at the 45th annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 22nd November.
The shortlist is as follows:
- Log Stock cabinet, Byron & Gomez
- Pantori, Jack Badger
- Dyehouse Fall bench, Paragon Oak
- Flow chair, ercol
- Planks collection, Benchmark
- Sebastian Cox kitchen, deVOL
- Stretch extending dining table, Pengelly Design
- Well Proven stool, James Shaw Studio
Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes - £1000 for the winner and £500 for the People's Choice. Voting for the People's Choice Award will take place via Twitter using the name of the project and the hashtag #WAStudent16.
The shortlist in this category features:
- Geometry, Michael Stevenson
- Milena, Juan Junca
- One-Sheet dining chair, Terry Davies
- Velo Chair, Jan Waterson
Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
Max Fraser comments, “It was encouraging to see an increase in the number of entries to the Awards this year. In particular, the quality of work entered into the production category improved, demonstrating that wood remains a leading material choice within the furniture business. All of the judges look forward to coming face-to-face with our shortlisted designs in the next round of judging in September.”