Edward wins The Wood Awards 2013, the UK’s premier award scheme celebrating excellence in design in wood.
The Wood Awards is a flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design. This year’s 30-strong shortlist whittled down from 318 British entrants, featured unique private houses, stunning small projects, outstanding restorations, impressive public buildings and extraordinary bespoke and production-made furniture, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge.
Edward is absolutely delighted to announce that he has won The Wood Awards 2013 (Bespoke Furniture category) for his chest of drawers Ripples. Described by the judges (John Makepeace, Rod Wales, Katie Walker & Sean Sutcliffe) ‘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.’ Selected
In addition to winning the Bespoke Furniture category Ripples was also the overall winner of the Peoples Award, the award voted for by the public at the Earls Court, London, 100% Design Show.
‘Receiving this prestigious award at such an early stage in my career is a real privilege, it means a huge amount to me to be recognized and acknowledged by renowned industry designers and makers. It’s made even more important to me because of the journey behind it. Ever since setting up in 2009 I have worked incredibly hard, working long hours and investing everything back into the business, which at times made life very difficult. It’s an industry that’s not easy to survive at the best of times let alone when finances are tight. Having borrowed money to fund the exploration work and downtime to make Ripples, it put even more importance on producing something that was going to make an impact, an impact which I hoped would drive my portfolio and business in the right direction. I took a chance and boy am I glad I did! From start to finish, through failed prototypes and continuous problem solving, Ripples took nearly 6 months to create and whist at times it was more exciting than any other piece I’ve ever made it was equally as frustrating and stressful! The final piece in my eyes really is the product or hard work, perseverance, business acumen and of course fine craftsmanship and passionate, ambitious design ability – I think it summarises my working mission. Having also entered Ripples in for a Bespoke Guild Mark early in the year, and being absolutely gutted that it was not awarded because of the primary failings of 2 missing screws in the back panel… it has made winning The Wood Awards especially important and satisfying.
Thank you to all those involved in The Wood Awards, organisers, sponsors and especially the judges for their kind words!’