Friday, September 15, 2023
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Wood Awards exhibition 2023 embraces beauty of timber design and construction. An exhibition featuring the 34 shortlisted projects for this year’s Wood Awards will be on show at Gallery@Oxo as part of the Material Matters fair, during London Design Festival.
Wood, a material both timeless and versatile, has been a cornerstone of human craftsmanship for centuries. From intricate carvings to contemporary furniture designs, wood has always held a special place in the world of design and architecture. The Wood Awards, an esteemed recognition of exceptional woodcraft, continues to celebrate the beauty, innovation, and sustainability that wood brings to our lives. Running from 20 – 23 September 2023, this exhibition offers an unmissable opportunity to all where visitors could visualise wood-based work from some of the UK’s most talented architects, designers and makers. Fourteen shortlisted furniture and product items will be exhibited alongside presentations detailing the 20 shortlisted buildings: together demonstrating the possibilities and versatility of timber as a construction material.
Visitors will also be able to explore the diverse array of materially engaged furniture and products on display. Incorporating endangered heritage techniques, community-led production and innovative problem solving, each piece tells its own story about how wood can transform and enhance our surroundings.
Taking place at the iconic Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s Southbank, the Material Matters fair celebrates the importance of materials and their abilities to shape our lived experience. The Wood Awards – dedicated to celebrating excellence in timber design and making – are delighted to partner with Material Matters to highlight the significant timber design talent in the UK.
Corinne Julius, Head of the Furniture and Products Judges says, “Wood is a wonderful and often underrated, sustainable material. It’s a taken-for-granted material that deserves more respect. The Wood Awards are intended to showcase to the public the beauty and versatility of wood and highlight its ability to connect us to the natural world. ”