NEWS: Three BCC students shortlisted for Wood Awards 2018

August 2018

Three BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards. 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 aim to encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. This year’s judging panel is led by design critic, curator and journalist Corinne Julius. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at London Design Fair in September. The winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony in November.


Designer: Alexander Worsfold
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: E Roberts Timber
Wood Species: English ash

The Arne chair is inspired by Norwegian environmental philosopher Arne Naess, specifically his time spent working in solitude in his small mountain top hut outside of Oslo. The light and useful study chair has a friendly form and an inviting, domestic aesthetic. The turned ash frame is both strong and flexible, allowing the chair to move gently, while the large woven seat creates a comfortable base. The accompanying foot stool fits neatly under the chair and provides storage for books or a blanket.



Designer: Ellen Svenningsen
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Slecuk
Wood Species: British birch ply

The Objekt Bord is an assembly of two components – an upright curve and a circle. The piece questions the distinction between an object and a piece of furniture and reflects a constant demand for finding balance. Svenningsen’s project was driven by a curiosity to learn and understand the process of laminating and bending plywood, the birch ply offers strong structural integrities yet is flexible enough to smoothly bend.


Designer: Ben Smith
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Tyler Hardwoods
Wood Species: British olive ash

The Super Desk, inspired by Gio Ponti’s SuperLeggera chair, is designed to create a sense of space and openness in small domestic settings. Employing visual simplicity and impressive craftsmanship, the table’s stability comes from the rake and splay of the legs and tensile strength of the solid timber rails. Smith chose solid British olive ash for its strength and flexibility.

Further information can be found on the Wood Awards website.