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Design + Wood 2009

Exhibition explores the traditional designer/maker relationship with wood


August 18th, 2009

Part of the recent Sydney Design 09 program, Design + Wood 2009 explored the work of contemporary furniture designers who retain traditional workshop-based production processes.
Showcasing the most exquisite wooden furniture pieces, made from a diverse range of Australian native timers, the exhibition welcomed both established and emerging designer/makers.
The exhibition captured the unique detailing and raw attributes of the material, so often lost in large-scale production.
Two awards were given at the opening night, recognising the fine craftsmanship, beauty and attention to detail of two pieces:

– The Forests NSW Award for Design & Craftsmanship was presented to Nick Statham for his intricate wood joinery and was judged by Brian Parkes, Assistant Director at Object.
– The Award for Fine Woodwork, judged by Leon Sadubin, was presented to John Gallagher for his wood and glass cabinet.’¨’¨

The exhibition was a great success and highlighted the continued appreciation within design of traditional craftsmanship and production techniques.

Woodworkers Association of NSW



John Gallagher and Nick Statham










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