Furniture and Product Design Student scoops Wood Award

Since 1971, The Wood Awards has been the UK's leading competition recognising excellence in architecture and product design using wood. And this year, an NTU student has won in the Bespoke category for a Japanese-inspired creation.

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Wood Awards 2016

Since 1971, The Wood Awards has been the UK's leading competition recognising excellence in architecture and product design using wood. And this year, an NTU student has won in the Bespoke category for a Japanese-inspired creation.

Whilst on a placement at Jack Badger Ltd, a Derbyshire-based Carpentry and Masonry company, final year BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design Stephanie Leake was tasked with designing an entry for the awards.

Her resulting design, Pantori, is a freestanding pantry larder inspired by the Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetic, which embraces simple design and natural materials. Stephanie used European Oak and English Ash, and crafted Pantori using a combination of Japanese and English joinery, including the technique of burning timber to ensure durability and resistance to damage.

Pantori was created for a client, Japanese crepe eatery Nojo, in London. Stephanie said: "We had hoped to be short-listed for the Student Design category, but to be short-listed in the Bespoke category, for me, was incredibly exciting. I would be going up against industry professionals."

"I had to redesign it several times, as things constantly changed, especially when working alongside architects and with the client who was setting up a pop-up eatery in Old Street tube station."

"I learnt loads design-wise, making-wise and also in terms of organising and working with people. Witnessing something that I've designed actually being made and then delivering it to the client, is one of the most satisfying experiences."

"Winning in the Wood Awards was simply the cherry on top of a life changing year out on placement with Jack Badger Ltd. I have reinvigorated enthusiasm for my course and absolutely love furniture design. I couldn't be happier."

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Furniture and Product Design Student scoops Wood Award

Published on 7 December 2016
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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