Wood Awards 2013: Bespoke Furniture

Winner: Ripples

The ripples drape over the entire cabinet, bringing movement and life to the whole piece

The idea for this design stemmed from the action of something dropping into water and sending out concentric ripples. It extended to an ambition to drape the ripples over the entire cabinet, bringing movement and life to the whole piece. Each of the 12 hand-cut dovetailed drawers opens with the lightest touch on the front, sliding out and releasing the aroma of cedar of Lebanon . 

Ash veneer laminates the external shell, achieved using a self-assembled vacuum press, complex mouldings and hours of prototyping. It was essential that each laminate was pressed for the same amount of time to ensure the spring-back would be equal.

The judges commented: ‘We loved  the exploitation of the properties of a relatively new material. This was an excellent mix of restraint and flamboyance: exuberant in design, yet restrained in practice. It is timely that ash is used in a context of luxury to make such an extraordinary object

EJ Bespoke Furniture, Wood species used European ash, American black walnut and cedar of Lebanon


Shortlist


Tay Bench, Angus Ross


Nimm Rae, Chaircreative