2019 judges

Bethan Laura Wood

Portrait of Dezeen Awards 2019 judge Bethan Laura Wood

British designer Bethan Laura Wood founded her eponymous studio in 2009.

Bethan Laura Wood has built her multidisciplinary design practice since graduating from the Royal College of Art Design Products masters programme in 2009, where she studied under the tuition of Martino Gamper and Jurgen Bey. In 2016, Wood's work was shown in an exhibition curated by Gamper of unattributed ceramic pieces, questioning the importance of authorship in the design industry.

Wood's designs are characterised by a passion for colour and detail, material investigation and artisan collaboration.

 She explores our everyday relationships with objects and questions how they can become cultural conduits. The designer is also interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.

The designer has worked closely with Nilufar Gallery since 2011, producing limited edition and one off works and has collaborated with a number of international brands including Moroso, cc-tapis, Abet Laminati, Kvadrat, Valextra, Tory Burch, Hermés, Tolix and Bitossi Ceramiche. Her work has been exhibited in institutions such as the V&A Museum of Childhood, Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art and the Swiss Institute in New York.

Wood collaborated with Philippe Malouin in an exhibition in 2016 at Dresden's Museum of Decorative Arts that explored the relationship between designers. In 2018, she was involved in the Designers Select Designers exhibition at the Aram Gallery, where her work was displayed alongside the work of an emerging designer of her choice.

In 2019, Wood will launch her first tea set launch with ceramics brand Rosenthal and continue to present her sculptural commission HyperNature for Pierre Jouet internationally.

www.bethanlaurawood.com

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