Words on Wood
Special episode: Kinetic Furniture - with Benedetta Tagliabue
Season 3, Ep. 1
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). Dates6–13 June 2022VenueAula Magna Hall, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122 Milano
Tree shorts: cherry
A bitesize episode exploring American cherry and all of its unique properties, featuring UK based designer Mac Collins.
S2E4: The World Forest ID with Phil Guillery, Jade Saunders and Victor Deklerk from Kew Gardens
Season 2, Ep. 4
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.
Tree shorts: hard maple
A bitesize episode exploring American hard maple and all of its unique properties, featuring Danish designer Maria Bruun.
S2E3: Old crafts, new ways with Stephen Burks and Orhan Niksic
Season 2, Ep. 3
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.
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.
S2E2: New wood technologies featuring designers Sam Hecht, Yves Béhar and Elissa Brunato
Season 2, Ep. 2
Wood is an ancient material, but one that is still providing designers with new processes, forms and techniques. In this episode, the podcast talks to designers Sam Hecht, Yves Béhar and Elissa Brunato, all of whom have worked with wood as a cutting-edge material that can continue to reinvent itself.This episode was hosted by India Block and Oli Stratford and produced by Evi Hall.
Tree shorts: tulipwood
A bitesize episode exploring American tulipwood, its properties and commentary from architect Alison Brooks on its use in The Smile, created for London Design Festival in 2016.
S2E1: Building with Timber with engineer Andrew Lawrence and architect Lina Ghotmeh
Season 2, Ep. 1
This second season of Words on Wood sees Disegno’s editors Oli Stratford and India Block navigate the intersections between the worlds of forestry and design and architecture, focusing in on topics including timber construction; experimental uses of wood and cellulose; a world wide timber tracing network; and a look at how designers and makers are bringing fresh relevance to traditional woodcraft practices. With architecture under more pressure than ever to improve the sustainability of buildings, Words on Wood looks at the potential for timber structures to reshape the field. Given the opportunities and challenges facing the construction of tall timber buildings, what role does wood have to play in the future of our built environment? Engineer Andrew Lawrence and architect Lina Ghotmeh discuss the complexities of the issues.