Bethan Laura Wood has run as multidisciplinary studio since 2009 characterised by materials investigation, artisan collaboration and a passion for colour and detail. Residencies and location-based projects have become an important factor in her design process, often working in response to her location, in collaboration with local manufacturers, or reflecting back into her work the visual and material culture particular to that area.

Bethan is fascinated by the connections we make with the everyday objects that surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto one particular object while discarding another. Bethan explores these relationships and questions how they might become cultural conduits. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability within mass consumption and the production-driven context of the design industry.

Bethan obtained her MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper, since 2011 she has worked with the prestigious Nilufar Gallery.

Bethan has been commissioned by and collaborated with a variety of international partners including: PerrierJouët, Rosenthal, Abet Laminati, Moroso, Valextra, Kvadrat, Bitossi Ceramiche, Design Miami, Tory Burch, CC-Tapis, Tolix Peter Pilotto and Hermès. Her work has been exhibited in institutions including: the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood; Swiss Institute New York; Daelim Museum, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art, MOT, Tokyo , ICA London and The Design Museum London.

Bethan has works in the collections of The V&A – London , The Wellcome collection – London, The Dresden State Art Collections – Germany, Abet Laminate Museum – Italy and Mudac – Switzerland .

Throughout her career Bethan has sought to engage with the educational system, teaching giving lectures and workshops at many well-known universities including RCA, ECAL and Central St Martins. Bethan has been invited to run public workshops at Boisbuchet, V&A, Tate Britain, Vienna Design Week, IN Residence, Design Shanghai, alongside guest speaking at many international fairs around the world from Tokyo to Toronto.

 

Selected Awards and Events

2020

V & A museum London  – Exhibition Bags: Inside Out – Toothpaste bag

V & A –Toothpaste bag designed for Valextra (acquired for permanent collection).

EDIDA design awards – tableware – WINNER – Tongue for Rosenthal

Wallpaper* – design awards best afternoon tea – WINNER – Tongue for Rosenthal

German Design Awards – outstanding Product – WINNER – Tongue for Rosenthal

IDS Toronto Canada – Guest speaker

Maison Object – virtual lecture series – Guest speaker

2019

Seoul Design Festival_Design Seminar – Guest Speaker

PerrierJouët Frieze dinner installation at the ICA london – Scenography – HyperNature harvest

The Welcome Collection, Being Human – permanent gallery – commissioned project Epidemic Jukebox

Beazley Designs of the Year – The Design Museum London – NOMINATED – Super Fake with CC-Tapis

EDIDA design awards – floor covering – WINNER – Super Fake with CC-Tapis

The ELLE Decoration British Design Awards – floor covering – WINNER – Super Fake with CC-Tapis

The ELLE Decoration China – floor covering – WINNER – Super Fake with CC-Tapis

The ELLE Decoration Japan – floor covering – WINNER – Super Fake with CC-Tapis

PerrierJouët Champagne Terrace Masterpiece – Scenography – HyperNature herbarium

Solo Exhibition inaugurating new Nilufar 25 Exhibition Space, Milan – Details.

Rosenthal – limited edition Tea sets – Rhythm and Tongue

2018

PerrierJouët Champagne Collectors’ Lounge, Design Miami – Scenography – HyperNature Landscape

Designart Tokyo Festival – Guest speaker

PerrierJouët Champagne – Commission – HyperNature Sculpture

Moroso – Milan Showroom solo installation for Salone – Mono Mania Mexico

CC-Tapis – Rug Collection ­- Super Fake

Valextra – SS18 collection – Toothpaste

ECAL University – Masters in Luxury – Juror

2017

Peter Pilotto –  Commission Ready-to-Wear A/W 2017 Townhouse installation –  Sputnik floor lamps

THE DESIGN PRIZE by Design Boom – In the Artistic Realm Award – SHORTLISTED.

Bijenkorf and Rijksmuseum Museum – Room on the Roof Residency Amsterdam – Afterparty Sweet Dreams in collaboration with the TextielMuseum, Tilburg

Nilufar Gallery – Salone – Trellis Collection ­

G.F.Smith paper – Hull City of Culture – Seaweed kites installation

ECAL University – Masters in Luxury – Project Tutor

Design Shanghai – Guest speaker

Fabrica, Italy  – Guest Lecture

2016

The British Land Celebration of Design – Design Medal – Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – WINNER.

Hermès Geneva and Zurich flagship store window installation designs – Nature at Full Gallop

Dresden State Art Collections  – Friends + Design Exhibition – Phillip’s Bed  (acquired for permanent collection).

Bitossi Ceramiche – Vase collection –  Guadalupe Vases

Nilufar Gallery – Salone – CrissCross, Hula and Melon Tables ­–

ECAL University – Masters in Luxury – Project Tutor

2015

Hublot Design Prize – FINALIST.

Tory Burch and Wallpaper*magazine – Touring Installation –Milan, Munich, New York – Canapé

Nilufar Gallery – Salone – Temple Collection

ECAL University – Masters in Luxury – Project Tutor

Boisbuchet  – workshop – Lolly folly with  Fernando Laposso

2014

Dulux Colour Award – Best Use of Colour in the Arts and Contribution to Colour – NOMINATED.

KvadvatDivina celebration exhibition, Milan Salone – Guadalupe Daybed

Hermès – Christmas windows UK stores – Under the Tree

Hermès Summer windows Hermès, UK stores –  Fruits of Labour

FROM-TO -Designer in residence Vicenza – Rainbow with LineaSette

ECAL University – MA Product design & Masters in Luxury – Project Tutor

CSM – MA various – Tutorials

2013

Abet Museum – Playtime Table – (acquired for permanent collection).

Design Week Award – Rising Star – WINNER.

Designer of the Future Award – Design Miami – WINNER.

Ketel One Modern Craft Project – UK Awards – WINNER.

Nilufar Gallery – Salone, Milan- Hot Rock Cabinets & Criss Cross collection extension.

Aram Gallery, London – Solo Show –  ZigZag – CrissCross

ECAL University – MA Product design & Masters in Luxury – Project Tutor Camper & Hermes

RCA – Design Products – Lecture

Tate Britain in collaboration with CSM – Lecture & workshop

Bath School of Art and Design – Lecture & Open Critique sessions

V & A – late – Furniture Museum – talk

2012

Blickfang  – Select – Chosen by Jamie Hayon & Blickfang Award – Silver Zurich – Bronze Copenhagen

MUDAC – Totem No.5 – (acquired for permanent collection).

Attended Diamond Jubilee Gala, Royal Academy of Arts, London in the presents of the Queen.

The Design Museum London -Designs of the Year–Product Category – NOMINATED – Totem

The Design Museum London -Designs of the Year– Furniture Category – NOMINATED – Moon Rock

Nilufar Gallery – FIAC exhibition – Particle Construct

ECAL University – MA Product design & Masters in Luxury – Project Tutor  Baccarat & self set                                                                    

Kingston University – tools lecture series- Lecture

IN Residence – Turin – Lecture and workshop

Venna Design Week – LAB – installation Workshop & Lecture w/ Oscar Lessing

Tate Britain – Migrations – Lecture

V & A – late – Best of British – workshop w/ Fabien Cappello

Central St Martin – Bethnal green workshops – Tutor

2011

Nilufar Gallery – PAD London – Playtime, Spaghetti Junction Tables

Nilufar Gallery – Salone , Milan –  Totem and Moon Rocks Collections

Wallpaper*magazine – Handmade Exhibition, Milan – Playtime, low

PIP / ICA –  workshops

2010

AAA Festival Dell’Artigianto –  Designer in Residence, Vicenza.-  Totem , Pivot and Push .

Foundazione Claudio Buziol Designer in Residence, Venice. – Seamless, Sweetmeat, Entwined and confetti

Kingston UniversitySummer School –  Interior Architecture week Workshop leader

Kingston University – Summer School –  Three Dimensional Design  -One day work shop – Workshop leader

University of Brighton – Lecture & Open Critique session

2009

Design Museum – Designer in Residence, London – Particle stack

Muf Architects, London – Permanent public outdoor Floor at Arboretum, Barking

Kingston UniversitySummer School –  Interior Architecture week Workshop leader

Kingston University – Summer School –  Three Dimensional Design  -One day work shop – Workshop leader

University of Brighton – Lecture & Open Critique session

2008

Kingston University- Summer School – Interior Architecture  – workshop leader