Wood Awards Announces Shortlist
Thirty-two outstanding projects have been selected for the Wood Awards 2016 shortlist, featuring some of Britain’s best architectural and product designs in wood. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material.
Twenty structures have been shortlisted within the Buildings competition. Led by architect and liveryman Michael Morrison of Purcell, the judges reviewed applications in a variety of categories; Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Interiors, Private, and Small Projects. Shortlisted projects range from buildings by Foster + Partners to art installations by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye. The Awards’ elite independent judging panel of professional experts and specialists now visit each shortlisted project in person making it as rigorous a competition as possible.
It has been a record year for the Furniture & Product competition with 182 entries in total. Two bespoke designs, six production and four student designs have been selected by the judges led by Max Fraser, design curator and author. The shortlist includes projects by ercol, Max Lamb, and deVOL for their kitchen inspired by freeman Sebastian Cox .
Within the Furniture & Product Student Designer category two Building Crafts College students have been shortlisted. Michael Stevenson for Geometry table and Juan Junca for Milena chair. Within the student category there are two cash prizes; £1000 for the Winner and £500 for the People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is taking place via Twitter using the name of the project and hashtag #WAStudent16.
The shortlist will be showcased at 100% Design at London Olympia during the London Design Festival, 21st-24th September. The winners will be revealed by host Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts magazine, at the 45th annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 22nd November.