Getting to the grain of it

Materials World magazine
1 Sep 2018

The Wood Awards 2018 shortlist has been released, featuring entries including whisky distilleries, the UK Royal Academy of Music, and mycelium light shades. Khai Trung Le reports.

The shortlist of the 2018 Wood Awards has been announced, profiling 24 entries across two categories – Buildings and Furniture & Product. Established in 1971 as the Carpenters’ Award and re-launched as the Wood Awards in 2003, the ceremony aims to celebrate excellence and promote the use of wood in architecture and product design.

Pictured is Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova’s entry, Mycelium and Timber. Combining green wood – grown with no commercial purpose – and mycelium, the team sought to create a new and entirely biodegradable composite material. The mycelium grows and binds the green wood waste together around a frame to create lightweight and entirely compostable furniture. Cox’s biofacture lab has created numerous pieces of furniture, including the pictured light shades.

Other shortlisted projects include the Macallan Distillery, Scotland, the UK Royal Academy of Music Theatre & New Recital Hall, and the Digi-Weave shoe cabinet from Tom Morgan in the student category.

All shortlisted projects will be displayed at the London Design Fair on 20–23 September, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 20 November.