Twenty structures and fourteen product designs have been selected for the Wood Awards 2017 shortlist. 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 are free to enter and aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood. The shortlist will be showcased at the London Design Fair (Stand B05, Hall T2), Old Truman Brewery, 21st-24th September.
National cancer support charity Maggie’s has just opened Maggie’s Centre Oldham, in Greater Manchester, the world’s first building made from hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) using American tulipwood. This Maggie’s Centre is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) into structural timber innovation. It will transform the way architects and engineers approach timber, and will signal a pivotal moment for modern architecture and construction. We caught up with Jasmin Sohi, Associate Architect from de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM), who led the project team that constructed Maggie’s Oldham.
Alexander Lervik has been one of Sweden’s leading designers for almost 20 years. His quest for innovation speaks louder than the passion for creating beautiful objects. His stand at the London Design Festival this year will be inspired by Scandinavian light, and the centrepiece will be the Aritco HomeLift, the world’s first design-led domestic lift, which he developed for award-winning Swedish lift specialist Aritco.
Friends & Co’s latest client Nulty is a mighty yet nimble, award-winning lighting design consultancy working with some of the world’s foremost architects and interior designers in a variety of industries from hotels and hospitality, to residences and retail. Collaboration and team work are at the heart of Nulty’s practice. Improving life through light, no matter what the scale, is its goal. A Nulty project is defined by its originality and attention to detail. Founder Paul Nulty talks us through his high standards, processes, ambitions and the magic of working with light.
Furniture designer Sebastian Cox, Friends & Co’s newest client, founded his eponymous workshop and studio in Greenwich, London in 2010. We first met him in 2011 at the Wood Awards when his career was taking off after he was named Outstanding Design Winner. Sebastian believes that traditional techniques can be combined with respectful inventiveness, renewable materials, and new technology to design and make the furniture of the future without nostalgia or sentimentality.
Swedish design duo Färg & Blanche presented ARMOUR mon AMOUR, an exhibition showcasing their new collection of furniture, sculptures and light installations, at 13th-century church Teatro Arsenale during Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan last month. Their spectacular exhibition was also used as a backdrop for the launch of Swedish Design Moves. This initiative, led by Visit Sweden in collaboration with Architects Sweden, the Association of Swedish Fashion Brands (ASFB), The Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture (TMF), and Svensk Form, will promote Swedish architecture, design and fashion around the world for the next four years. We caught up with Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche post-Milan for a debrief on the design event of the year.