NEWS: Two students shortlisted for Wood Awards

July 2019

Two BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards, the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood. Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at 100% Design in September. The winners will be announced at the annual ceremony, held on 19th November.

Iso Cabinets
Designer: Jack Bibbings
University/college: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Tyler Hardwoods
Wood Species: English ash and oak

These playful cabinets have been inspired by Bridget Riley and the Op-Art movement, which is based on geometric abstraction and illusion. The name Iso refers to the fact that the cabinets’ geometry is based on an isometric drawing that incorporates 30-, 60- and 90-degree angles. Iso also points to the Greek word for equal as the carcasses of each cabinet are exactly the same. Each cabinet uses compound joint angles to create the illusion. The use of quilted English ash juxtaposes the quarter sawn English oak to enhance the illusion further.

Kent Stick Chair
Designer: Matthew Hensby
University/college: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: South East Forestry and Tyler Hardwoods
Wood Species: English ash

Kent Stick Chair is a contemporary Windsor chair made from green ash selected from a coppiced woodland in Kent. Hensby’s ambition was to develop a contemporary chair from traditional processes. The chair was created using hand tools and embraces the textures made by the tools. The piece was assembled with moisture differential joinery, resulting in a chair that becomes tighter and stronger as the components dry around one another. The timber has been finished with an organic linseed oil paint.

Further information about the Wood Awards can be found here.