Dec 20
innovation and design excellence in timber

A Year of Innovation, Collaboration and Design Excellence

As we bid farewell to another remarkable year at the Wood Awards, 2023 emerges as a testament to the thriving creativity and ingenuity within the timber community. From record-breaking entries to ground-breaking innovations, the wood community has truly shone.

This year, we witnessed an overwhelming response to our call for entries. The number of submissions reached new heights and strengths, showcasing not only quantity but a remarkable standard of creativity. Notably, the student category hit a record high, reflecting the bright future of wood design.

Our esteemed judging panel embarked on a nationwide journey, witnessing first-hand the diverse spectrum of architectural innovation – from private homes to ‘tall timber’ buildings and music schools. The intricately crafted baskets, mirrors, chairs, and tables breathe life into these spaces underscoring the rich tapestry of talent within the timber community.

For the second consecutive year, the Wood Awards proudly collaborated with Material Matters for an enchanting exhibition during the London Design Festival. The collaborative event celebrated the intersection of design and material innovation, creating a platform for the public to engage with the beauty and functionality of wood.

The grand Awards Ceremony marked the pinnacle of excellence, honouring nine projects with eleven awards. From the Gold Award and Education & Public Sector winner, the New Temple Complex by James Gorst Architects to the Production Made winner, The Exchange Tables & Chairs by Mentsen, each project told a unique story of innovation, sustainability, and masterful craftsmanship.

In response to the evolving architectural landscape favouring innovation and sustainability, we proudly introduced the inaugural Sustainability Award. This prestigious accolade found its deserving recipient in The Black and White Building by Waugh Thistleton Architects, exemplifying unparalleled dedication to eco-conscious practices. The Field Station’s by The Design + Make Programme was recognised for Research and Innovation showcasing ground-breaking methods in wood construction, harnessing avant-garde techniques.

Together, these awards underscore the transformative potential of environmentally responsible methodologies and research-driven innovation shaping the future landscape of timber design.

Thank you to our partners the Carpenters’ Company, American Hardwood Export Council and Timber Development UK as well as everyone involved in making the Wood Awards 2023 a resounding success. To the shortlisted participants, designers, collaborators, and highly commended and winning projects, your dedication to elevating wood design is truly commendable.

As we conclude this extraordinary year, anticipation builds for the Wood Awards 2024. Early in 2024, a new chapter of wood excellence will be unveiled, promising a fresh wave of innovation. Stay connected by signing up for our newsletter and be the first to witness the next wave of innovation in wood design.

Here’s to another year of pushing the boundaries and creating a legacy in wood design. Thank you for being a part of the Wood Awards journey.