We’ve always been partial to outstanding woodwork, championing craftsmanship and design that uses the noble material, spanning both the end result and the creative process behind it. So, when the shortlist arrived for the annual Wood Awards, we couldn’t help but sit up and take notice.
The 2016 awards are, as always, chock full of timber gems, including large (buildings) and smaller (furniture) scales, as well as installations and anything in-between.
The building categories include work in several typologies: commercial and leisure (such as the Stihl Treetop Walkway in Gloucestershire by Glenn Howells Architects), education and public sector (such as the Maggie’s centre at the Robert Parfett building by Foster + Partners), interior (such as the Christ Church Crypt in Spitalfields by Dow Jones Architects) and private house (such as Ansty Plum in Wiltshire by Coppin Dockray). A special section is dedicated to small, but perfectly formed projects, such as the likes of Zeller & Moye’s Hollow installation at the University of Bristol.
Furniture and product are equally well represented; nominees include two bespoke designs (like the 'Log Stack Cabinet' by Byron and Gomez), six production (such as the 'Planks' collection, designed by Max Lamb and made by Benchmark) and four student designs (including the 'Velo Chair' by Jan Waterston).
The 20 buildings and 12 product and furniture pieces that have been shortlisted will now go head-to-head through a rigorous judging process, in a competition seeking to honour excellence in architecture and product design involving the material. The final winners will be announced at the annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall in London on 22 November.