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‘Flowing and beautifully functional’ | Makepeace chest wins bespoke Wood Award

John is delighted to announce that his ’Serenade’ chest has won the bespoke category at the Wood Awards.  

 

The Wood Awards seek to promote the use of timber as an environmentally beneficial material by celebrating examples of exceptional quality.  These awards have various architectural and product categories.  We were thrilled to win the Bespoke Furniture Award for ‘Serenade', a chest of drawers made from a magnificent oak planted as Longleat in 1740 and harvested in 1980. 

Serenade by John Makepeace

The design demonstrates the scope for contemporary wood carving.  The exterior of the chest is sculpted with a series of projecting ’strokes’ with gentle hollows between them.  The luxurious textures of the oak are accentuated by scorching the surfaces.  This cabinet was designed by John Makepeace and made by Snorre Steenstrup Dyhr, a young Danish craftsman, during a recent residency with John Makepeace.

 

Inspired by the ancient hollowed-out tree trunks that were used to carry the possessions of those on the move, this chest of drawers accommodates the personal items of a less nomadic lifestyle.

Beautifully executed, the chest has been made from a single tree of English oak – lovingly nurtured by generations of foresters since its planting in 1740, up to its felling in 1980.

This collector’s piece is represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London.  Corinne Julius, the lead furniture and product design judge, said: “This intelligently designed object shows a passion for material and a deep knowledge of how to use it.  Sculptural, flowing and beautifully functional, it has a timeless appeal, able to complement both a historical and contemporary context.”

The Wood Awards furniture and product panel is led by design critic, curator and journalist Corinne Julius. The panel includes Oliver Stratford, editor of Disegno magazine; Sculptor in Wood, Eleanor Lakelin, Sebastian Cox RDI, and Yael Mer, founder of Raw Edges, a London-based design and research practice.

Among the furniture and product design pieces which won in other categories was The Exchange Table and Chairs, from Mentsen, together with The Exchange Erith who were awarded in the Production Category, and Rocaille Morphosis, from Joanne Grogan of City & Guilds of London Art School, who won the student prize.

At the 2023 Wood Awards this year’s best new timber building was also announced as New Temple Complex, designed by James Gorst Architects. 

 

You can find out more information about the 2023 winners by visiting the www.woodawards.com.

ENDS

Make Good: Rethinking Material Futures is a V&A curatorial project that I support. It was launched in 2022 and will run for ten years. It investigates the use of natural, renewable materials in design and architecture and invites practitioners from different fields to share research, knowledge and skills and considers the responsibilities of designers and consumers toward the natural world. The project encompasses an annual symposium, an annual display and an ongoing acquisition initiative, capturing the program's research outputs in the museum collection.  Click here for more information.

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John works closely with the following galleries and associations:
 

The Sarah Myerscough Gallery                                             The V & A

The Architectural Association                                                The Crafts Council

Design Council                                                                         Woodland Heritage

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