Judges’ winner 2019
Collection Design: The Concertina collection comprises of both furniture and home décor items fabricated by methodically processing timber. Systematically cutting the timber produces a versatile, semi-fluid material which moves in multiple directions. First hand research into the properties of timber has unearthed the impacts of subtle changes in thickness, length and frequency of cuts on the material’s flexibility. Concertina products emphasise a typically denigrated feature - bandsaw marks. Finishing only the exterior of the timber accentuates the inside faces ¬in its raw form. The systematic cuts to the timber allows the material to be stretched and manipulated; it can expand/span great distances to provide surface area suitable for furniture while limiting the quantity of timber required. Materials: English Ash and Cherry are the two timbers used within the range of furnishings. Both timbers are sourced locally and FSC approved. The wood is finished using OSMO oil which are based on natural and renewable vegetable oils, with a very low-VOC content, the products are environmentally friendly. The timber-based collection also utilises steel rod and leather round cord. Leather is currently a waste product of the meat industry. If/when the population shifts to a lower consumption of meat hemp cord would be used.