IIDEX Woodshop Winner 2017: Objects & Ideas
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 Wood, AWMAC, 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 Objects & Ideas:
Taodi is an award-winning industrial designer, based in Toronto who approaches design from a variety of perspectives, leading them to become inventive, thoughtful and poetic Winner of over 20 international design awards, including Red Dot Award - Best of the Best, IDEA Silver Award, Good Design Award USA, and the IF Product Design Award, Taodi's works have been exhibited at Milan Furniture week, 100% Design Tokyo, and form part of the permanent collections of the Red Dot museum Germany and the Taiwan International Design Museum. His commercial designs for Nokia included the world's best selling mobile phones of all time, the Nokia 1110 and 1600, which together exceeded 380 Million units in production.
What inspired you to apply for the IIDEX Woodshop 2017 competition?
The core idea drew us, taking urban lumber from fallen and diseased trees and making something beautiful and functional. Toronto lost so many trees in the ice storm a few years ago, it feels like giving back somehow by creating furniture from fallen trees.
Why do you like working with wood as a material?
Wood is very different to the materials we've worked with over our careers. Each piece is unique, always with some hidden imperfection that comes to the surface as you work with it, giving character, and almost creating a dialogue as you try and get the best out of the piece.
What inspires you?
Turning the ordinary into objects of desire.
In your opinion, why are people drawn to wood as a material in the spaces they often frequent?
Wood is such a timeless material with a unique tactile quality. There is a warmth to it, and a familiarity that draws you to its surface. Even the most geometric object made of wood still has a natural organic feel.
What would be your dream commission?
For such a long time, we've held the design for an "unreal chaise" in our heads, waiting for the opportunity to realize it. Advances in manufacturing techniques mean that day is getting nearer, but still the tolerances needed, at a realistic cost is still a pipe dream. But one day it, and for the right client, it will be real.
Don't miss the fifth annual IIDEX Woodshop at IIDEXCanada 2017. Register today!