Wood and Design
Dates: 20-25 August 2018
Volume: 6 days, 3 ECTS
Location: Viljandi, Estonia
Number of participants: max 22
Registration deadline: 22nd of May
In addition to the general admissions requirements, candidates are expected to submit a letter of intent describing their interest in attending the workshop, and a PDF portfolio including documentation of at least one project relevant to the use and/or attributes of wood.
Please note that this course is meant for higher education students only.
This 6-day workshop Wood and Design in the lush woodlands of Viljandi, Estonia, focuses on the design aesthetics, ecology, and sustainability of wood. Exploring the material properties of wood through its use in design, the workshop invites participants to build a set of functional wooden objects for outdoor living with the simplest of means. Participants will utilise wood, as a naturally-occurring renewable material, in two forms: solid slab and left-over scraps from local lumber mills. The workshop is therefore not only community-inspired, with materials sourced or found locally, but also meets the ever-growing need to reclaime and recycle waste wood.
2nd and 3rd year BA students and MA students in Interior Architecture, Furniture Design, or the equivalent.
Simo Heikkilä is an interior architect who has contributed significantly to Finnish furniture design and craftsmanship.
He began his career designing retail environments for Marimekko Oy and went on to establish his own design studio in 1971.
Heikkilä has been instrumental in launching the international Alvar Aalto Design Seminars. He has also served as Head of the Wood Studio, affiliated to Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture.
Jüri Kermik is an academic and designer with a primary research interest in design history and materials innovation.
His doctoral research thesis at the Royal College of Art, London, focused on the history of plywood technology in furniture design.
Kermik is the author of the award-winning monograph — A. M. Luther 1877–1940: The Innovation of Form Arising from the Material (2002) — and continues teaching, lecturing, and exhibiting internationally.
The workshop is designed to include a series of on-site lectures, discussions, as well as supervised hands-on making.
There will be open access to local woodworking facilities throughout the 6-day workshop. All tools, materials, and safety equipment will be provided.