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IIDEX Woodshop Winner 2017: Adam Shepperdley

IIDEX Woodshop Winner 2017: Adam Shepperdley

Toronto's vibrant urban wood industry is being threatened by invasive species, old age and natural disasters. The result of which is having a devastating impact on Toronto's urban forests and canopy coverage which sees 100,000 felled trees headed to city landfills annually.

To respond to this issue, Economic Development and Culture at the City of Toronto launched the Urban Wood Industry Development Initiative in order to encourage homeowners and industries to salvage and re-use trees felled in the Greater Toronto Area.

Together with our partners at the City of Toronto, Ontario WoodAWMAC, Sawmill Sid and PCL Graphics, IIDEX Woodshop has become the place to showcase how this valuable resource can be repurposed to create innovative, market-ready commercial and consumer prototypes.

Meet the designers that will be a part of this year's 5th annual special feature collection.

About Adam Shepperdley:

Adam is the Principal of SHEPP Industrial Design, a Toronto based Industrial Design and Product Development consultancy. At SHEPP iD Adam leads a small team primarily in the development of Hi-Tech, Med-Tech, and Consumer products. For the past 6 years, Adam has been the Director of Finance for the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario - ACIDO. He also sits on the Advisory Committee for the Humber College School of Applied Technology, Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree program. Adam is passionate about Design, Design for Manufacturing, Innovation, Sustainability, Holistic Design principals, and Designing for a better future. SHEPP iD consults to a small strategic group of clients that value these basic principals.

What are your thoughts on the intersection of functionality and aesthetics in design?

My design principals is form follows function. If there is no functional reason for the form, it usually doesn't look right. I usually look to remove features from my designs rather than add them. If it doesn't need to be there, it shouldn't be there. Keep it minimal, pure and elegant.

What inspired you to apply for the IIDEX Woodshop 2017 competition?

During a brainstorming session for the 2014 IIDEX Woodshop competition, I came up with the idea for the Winter Kit - high-quality Ice Scraper, Shovel and Brush. It's been on my mind since and thought we should bring it to life.

Why do you like working with wood as a material?

I like wood because it has so much character, I love the grain, the history and classic Design Principals.

You get to add any new tool or piece of equipment to your workshop/studio. What would it be and why?

I'd love to add a 5 Axis CNC with the ability to cut a wide variety of materials, with a large gantry.

Tell us a little-known fact about you.

I often work from tropical ocean locations where I can catch a morning and evening surf. I lead my team from abroad with help from modern technology, trust and commitment; while focusing on health, wellness and keeping my mind, body and soul inspired and connected to the ocean. 

To learn more about Adam's work, visit him at SHEPPiD.

Don't miss the fifth annual IIDEX Woodshop at IIDEXCanada 2017. Register today