Canadian Wood with FOAID 2017 honors innovation, function and aesthetic advancements in the furniture Industry. Students from premiere architecture colleges across Delhi and Mumbai will work under the expert guidance of established architects and Interior designers. The students are provided with western hemlock wood to create unique furniture pieces. Available as sawn lumber in India, western hemlock is ideal for producing solid wood furniture.
Western hemlock is an outstanding wood for solid wood furniture and interior designing. It’s known worldwide for its even density and excellent machining properties. Hemlock is firmly established as an excellent wood for mouldings and interior woodworking.
Its popular applications include furniture, doors, windows, floors, ceilings, ladders and other utility purposes.
It can be planed and sanded to an even, smooth finish and its natural beautiful grain and carving properties make it popular among furniture manufacturers. Being non-resinous and light in color, it can take on any paint, stains and finishes for that perfect look.
Canadian Wood’s initiative Wood is Good, in association with the Festival of Design & Architecture (FOAID), was back for another go in 2017! This time, five colleges from the city of Delhi were keen to display their wood designing skills. Our esteemed jury ruled in the favour of Pearl Academy who secured the gold prize! School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi bagged the silver prize, while team IMS Design and Innovation Academy took the bronze home.
The five premier colleges worked under the expert guidance and mentorship of well-established architects and interior designers to put their best foot forward.
The School of Planning and Architecture Delhi (SPA) team created ZMETRI – a furniture piece that was adaptable and had various provisions for storing, lounging and resting. They were mentored by Neha Kulkarni, Founder of AUM Architects.
The Sushant School of Architecture team incepted Kursi, a hybrid of traditional Indian craftsmanship blended wonderfully with the boldness of modernistic styles. This team was mentored by Ashmit S Alag, Principal Designer at Transform Design.
The team from Pearl Academy came up with a design that was adaptable, efficient, utilitarian, simple, and yet aesthetically pleasing. The multipurpose structure could be converted into an object for sitting, for storage, a swing, or even a simple box. This team was guided by Anuja Gujral, Founder & Managing Partner of ADG Square.
The team at Delhi School of Architecture came up with a multifunctional design – Porta Ensemble – that recreated the idea of a contemporary cuboid into a structure with detachable parts. Sanchit Arora, Studio Head Architect at RENESA Architecture, mentored this team.
The IMS – Design & Innovation Academy team was inspired from molecular structures and procured a design, the Hexa 7, that comprised of six panels that merged together to form a furniture piece. This team was guided to completion by Ronak Sekhri, Business Head at Pomegranate Design.
To appreciate the designs and gauge a winner amongst them, a most impressive jury was deployed. The competition was judged by a panel of jury members who are leaders and stalwarts of the architecture community including Ar. Aslam Kadri, Ar. Sanjay Kothari, Ar. Khozema Chitalwala, and Ar. Ponni M. Concessao judged all the impressive and stunning designs at the ‘Wood Is Good Design Competition’ - 2017.