This year’s Wood Awards is drawing upon the power of social media to find contenders, offering everyone the opportunity to nominate via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #WoodAwards2016.
Traditional methods of entry are, of course, still an option, as the organisers officially launch this year’s competition with a call for entries. Architects and designers from across Britain are invited to enter their wood-based projects and have until 27 May to get them in.
The Wood Awards were established in 1971 and ever since it has sought to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation.
Shortlisted entrants will be announced in July and the winners announced at the awards ceremony in London on 22 November, hosted by editor of Crafts Magazine, Grant Gibson. Projects that made it onto the shortlist will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival.
Michael Morrison of Purcell, and Max Fraser of Spotlight Press return as chairmen of the Buildings and Furniture & Product judging panels. New to the latter is Ruth Aram, who heads up buying for Aram Store in Covent Garden.
“I grew up with design all around me,” she said. “This unfettered access to design on a daily basis has greatly influence who I am today and generated a hunger and passion for design.”