Wood Awards 2017 – Shortlist for furniture and product projects: Production made

A shelving unit and chair are among the record number of 14 furniture and product projects, which have been shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2017.

The awards, which were established in 1971, aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

They are split into two main categories: buildings and furniture & product and within the furniture & product competition there are three subcategories: bespoke, production made and student designer.

Four bespoke designs, four production and six student designs have been shortlisted by the judges, led by Max Fraser, design curator and author.

The shortlisted projects for the production made category are as follows:


Designer: Conor Taylor Ltd

Maker/manufacturer: Solomon & Wu

Wood supplier: Wessex Timber, Saunders Seasoning

Wood species:  British Oak, Walnut, Cedar of Lebanon and London Plane

Foresso is timber terrazzo developed as a response to working in high-end carpentry workshops, where high-quality offcuts and planning waste is discarded. Unlike marble, timber is readily available and sustainable while still offering huge variation in colour, tone and woodgrain. Additionally,  it is warmer and more lightweight than its counterpart, encouraging uses outside the normal parameters of stone terrazzo. The speckled aesthetic is both durable and versatile. Any timber shape or size  can be used and any knots, burr or splits only add to the beauty of the surface.   Each standard colourway has been influenced by London interiors, the city in which the designer grew up and works.


Kitchen series for Case

Designer: Gareth Neal Ltd

Maker/manufacturer:   Case Furniture

Wood species: Beech

Designed by Gareth Neal exclusively for the furniture retailer Case, this set of tableware includes versatile trays, grinders, trivets and serving boards. The elegant, carefully crafted range of objects was created as highly functional additions to a domestic setting.


Narin chair

Designer: David Irwin

Maker/manufacturer: Case Furniture

Wood supplier: Various

Wood species: American White Oak and Black Walnut, Birch

Case wanted to change preconceptions of what a folding chair is; a piece of furniture you would be proud to have on display at  any time and not the emergency chair that comes out of the cupboard at Christmas. The Narin doesn’t comprise on aesthetics or comfort despite the folding design. Its smooth, sweeping transition is accentuated through the solid timber turned legs into the formed backrest. The comfortable backrest acts as the pivot from where the back legs rotate. The seat and back are made of a high-grade birch ply with oak or walnut veneer while the rest of the chair is solid wood.


Pero shelving

Designer: Matthew Hilton

Maker/manufacturer: Ercol Timber

Components: Commonoto

Wood supplier: Gizia

Wood species: European Oak

The Pero Shelving unit is part of a range of solid oak storage and desking designed by Matthew Hilton for Ercol. The range’s key detail is the central support rail. The legs and shelf support frames are fixed either side of this structural beam, whose  rounded bottom-edge profile and visible end grain give the  range its distinctive character. The legs and shelves taper outwards from the centre, creating lightness and elegance. All wooden components are CNC machined, and designed to be ‘picked up’ as few times as possible, minimising machine time and cost. The shelving is disassembled for compact shipping and assembly on site.

All the shortlisted projects will be on display at the London Design Fair (Stand B05, Hall T2), 21st-24th September, at Old Truman Brewery. Winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 21 November, by ceremony host Johanna Agerman Ross, founder of Disegno magazine and curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the V&A.




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