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Record finalists for Wood Awards

WA17A record 14 furniture and product projects have been shortlisted for the furniture and product category of the Wood Awards 2017.

Four production, four bespoke designs, and six student designs have been selected by the judges, led by design curator and author Max Fraser, design curator and author. All the shortlisted projects will be on display at the London Design Fair (Stand B05, Hall T2), from 21-24 September, at the Old Truman Brewery. The winners will be revealed by Wood Awards host Johanna Agerman Ross, V&A curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design, at the annual ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 21 November.
The awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
In the production section Solomon & Wu’s Foresso is timber terrazzo developed as a response to working in high-end carpentry workshops where high-quality offcuts and planing 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.
Designed by Gareth Neal exclusively for furniture retailer Case, the Kitchen Series 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.
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 (pictured) by David Irwin 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.
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.
Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes; £1,000 for the winner and £500 for People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at the London Design Fair.