• Arbolito fruit bowl by Christopher Metcalfe: connected branches that expand or collapse. Photo: ©Finewood
  • WWF-UK’s new headquarters is a major showcase for sustainable wood products
  • Glowing boatshed
  • The original manor house reflected in a contemporary addition
  • Interior towards roof

timber+DESIGN eNewsletter early December 2014

Bird on mudflats

Editorial: THE DESIGNER AND THE WADER

Sex alone will not save either species

The survival prospects of in-house furniture designers and my favourite creatures from nature – migrating shorebirds – are precariously balanced.

Arbolito fruit bowl by Christopher Metcalfe: connected branches that expand or collapse. Photo: ©Finewood

READ THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST

A new furniture design ethos in New Zealand

A surge in original wooden furniture design from New Zealand is being driven by a desire to compete on difference rather than price – as special correspondent Michael Smith reports.

WWF-UK’s new headquarters is a major showcase for sustainable wood products

ULTRA-GREEN CHALLENGE

WWF-UK raises the bar for office buildings

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) has relied heavily on sustainable wood products for its new state-of-the-art UK headquarters building.

Glowing boatshed

ON A SHOESTRING

Placed like an abstract careened vessel

This is a classic case of an award-winning timber structure that would not have happened without the architect’s pro bono intervention.

The original manor house reflected in a contemporary addition

THE ABSTRACT FOREST

Museum wins top Finnish wood award

Rarely does the use of wood in a public building exceed the standard set by the new Gösta Pavilion at the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, Finland.

Interior towards roof

RIPPLING SCULPTURAL FORM

Award-winning pool uses glulam and CLT

A prefabricated pitched and tapered timber roof structure is central to the aesthetic and engineered success of this new swimming pool building.

Timber bridge at duck

NORWEGIANS WANT TIMBER BRIDGES

The Norwegian government’s wood construction promotion programme has been extended to include timber bridges – and not just for pedestrians or cyclists.

Wooden lounge chairs

STRONG FOREIGN INTEREST IN MIFF

The promoters of South-East Asia’s biggest furniture show – the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) – are reporting a huge increase in overseas interest in the 2015 event.

Aerial view of log port

‘GREENER’ TRANSTASMAN TIMBER

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions are a claimed benefit of a new non-chemical treatment process for timber products being shipped from New Zealand to Australia.