Celebrating wood (and what we do with it!)

ImageTo mark 125 years of the Swiss Association of Master Carpenters and furniture makers, Zurich has played host to a brand new competition – the WoodAwards. This has been thrown open to anyone working with wood from carpenters and joiners to designers and architects. The key idea was to unite design and craftsmanship using wood and see what emerged. Some 240 teams have taken part, some working with their associates from other countries and the results are quite stunning.

There is something very pure about working with wood. Check out these simple shapes, no frills, no fuss perfectly functional and exceedingly stylish. From toothbrushes…

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to this beautiful sledge…

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this wonderful tricycle…

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and this bench and swing chair…

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ImageFor my part the sleek sledge is the winner – I love the fact that it looks like a cool pair of skis with an embedded seat – that’s the one I want to test – erm slide!

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