13 episodes

This podcast offers a deep dive into some of the big issues surrounding forests and our relationship to them and serves as a platform for cross-disciplinary discussion. Drawing on the work of scientists, conservationists, forestry professionals, academics, designers and architects, Words on Wood is a space for frank reflection on the challenges and opportunities presented by working with forests.
Created in conjunction with Disegno, the Quarterly Journal of Design.

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    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

This podcast offers a deep dive into some of the big issues surrounding forests and our relationship to them and serves as a platform for cross-disciplinary discussion. Drawing on the work of scientists, conservationists, forestry professionals, academics, designers and architects, Words on Wood is a space for frank reflection on the challenges and opportunities presented by working with forests.
Created in conjunction with Disegno, the Quarterly Journal of Design.

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    Special episode: Kinetic Furniture - with Benedetta Tagliabue

    Special episode: Kinetic Furniture - with Benedetta Tagliabue

    To celebrate the launch of Perpetuum Mobile, and the return of Milan Design Week, host Oli Stratford speaks to Benedetta Tagliabue, the director and head architect of the international firm Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT Architects.
    Showing as part of the INTERNI Design Re-Generation exhibition event at the Università degli Studi of Milan, Perpetuum Mobile – The Dancing Furniture of Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue’s home, brings together recreations of nine of the furniture pieces and objects that the architect designed alongside his partner Benedetta Tagliabue for their home in Barcelona, Spain.
    The exhibition includes tables, seating and shelving designed between 1992 and 1999, and reproduced in sustainable American hardwoods, but never put into commercial production. Although each piece is unique, they all demonstrate Miralles’ vision of the ‘house in motion’ – a domestic space in which each piece of furniture does not have a defined place or a set purpose, but can be moved or modified to meet the needs of the moment.
    Perpetuum Mobile – The Dancing Furniture of Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue’s home.
    Designed by Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT Architects, in collaboration with Fundació Enric Miralles.
    Supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC).
     
    Dates
    6–13 June 2022
    Venue
    Aula Magna Hall, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122 Milano

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    • 30 min
    Tree shorts: cherry

    Tree shorts: cherry

    A bitesize episode exploring American cherry and all of its unique properties, featuring UK based designer Mac Collins.
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    • 14 min
    S2E4: The World Forest ID with Phil Guillery, Jade Saunders and Victor Deklerk from Kew Gardens

    S2E4: The World Forest ID with Phil Guillery, Jade Saunders and Victor Deklerk from Kew Gardens

    Faced with the challenges posed by illegal logging, a global consortium of organisations has now turned to science to find a solution. The World Forest ID is a new initiative that uses georeferenced wood samples to be able to analyse any timber and discover where exactly it was harvested. In this episode, the podcast talks to the people behind the project and dives into the development of this new technology, examining how greater information about provenance may lead to better governance of the world’s forests.
    Words on Wood is hosted by Oli Stratford and India Block and produced by Evi Hall.

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    • 30 min
    Tree shorts: hard maple

    Tree shorts: hard maple

    A bitesize episode exploring American hard maple and all of its unique properties, featuring Danish designer Maria Bruun.
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    • 13 min
    S2E3: Old crafts, new ways with Stephen Burks and Orhan Niksic

    S2E3: Old crafts, new ways with Stephen Burks and Orhan Niksic

    While technology and digital processes accelerate and permeate design, a number of designers have turned towards traditional craft processes to find contemporary modes of expression. Designer Stephen Burks and Orhan Niksic of Bosnian furniture brand Zanat join the podcast to talk about their approaches towards traditional woodwork and how 21st-century design can find fresh social resonances in timeworn techniques.
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    • 28 min
    Tree shorts: red oak

    Tree shorts: red oak

    A bitesize episode exploring American red oak and all of its unique features. Host Oli Stratford speaks to designer Tomoko Azumi about her experience working with the timber in her project for Legacy, where she designed a beautiful steam-bent boat seat for Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of the Young Vic Theatre. 
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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

ajh111 ,

Fantastic conversations about the future of forests and wood

Brilliant conversations about the ecological, architectural, economic contexts of forests and building with wood in the 21st century. I’m an amateur woodworker, not a professional designer or architect, and I found these to be enormously engaging and thought provoking conversations.

allenworb ,

Informative for woodworker that loves the natural world.

Great topics for anyone interested in woodworking and design. I love the merger of science, ecosystems, economics, politics and everything else into the topic of wood. I wish they were longer and went into even more depth on each episode.

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