Bethan Laura Wood obtained a MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since graduating in 2009, Bethan has built a multidisciplinary practice characterized by material investigation, artisan collaboration, and a passion for colour and detail.
Bethan enjoys exploring the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives, and questions how they can become cultural conduits. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.
Bethan has undertaken multiple residency programmes, from London’s Design Museum to W Hotel in Mexico City, and regularly works with artisans from the regions of Venice and Vicenza in Italy.
Along side working closely with Nilufar Gallery since 2011 for Limited edition and one off works, Bethan has been commissioned by a variety of international partners to create works and installations. Including, Abet Laminati, Moroso, Valextra, Perrier Jouët, Bitossi Ceramiche, Tory Burch, cc-tapis, Tolix , Rosenthal and Hermés. Her work has been exhibited in institutions such as V&A Museum of Childhood, Swiss Institute New York, Daelim Museum and MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
Bethan regularly gives lectures and heads workshops; she currently teaches on the MA in Luxury at ECAL, Switzerland.
Selected Awards / events of note
The ELLE Decoration British Design Awards – floor covering – WINNER
The ELLE Decoration China EDIDA Design Award nomination – floor covering – WINNER
The ELLE Decoration Japan EDIDA Design Award nomination – floor covering – WINNER
THE DESIGN PRIZE – in the artistic realm – NOMINATED
The British Land Celebration of Design ,
London Design Medals – Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – WINNER
Hublot Design Prize – FINALIST
Dulux colour award- Best use of colour in the arts & Contribution to colour – NOMINATED
Abet Museum – Play time table purchase for permanent collection
Design Week award – rising star – WINNER
Design Miami – Designer of the future award – WINNER
Ketel One Modern Craft Project – Uk awards – WINNER
Blickfang Award – Silver Zurich – WINNER
Blickfang Award – Bronze Copenhagen – WINNER
Blickfang Select – Chosen by Jamie Hayon
MUDAC – Totem no.5 purchase for permanent collection
One of 850 alumni invited to Diamond jubilee Royal academy of Arts Gala in attendants of the Queen
The design Museum – Designs of the Year – NOMINATED – Furniture – Moon Rock
Designs of the Year 2012 – NOMINATED – Product – Totem