DESIGN 21, The Nature Conservancy, and the Forest Stewardship Council-US have announced the winner of their Going With the Grain competition, a design challenge tasking participants to create an object using a single sheet of FSC-certified plywood without using hardware or glue.
The goal of the challenge was to highlight the impact of deforestation on woodlands around the globe while also shining a spotlight on designers' role in protecting natural resources by choosing responsibly sourced wood.
The winner, the Uni Table from Swedish designer Charlie Davidson, will be manufactured by EcoSystems. Davidson also wins a one-year membership to Material Connexion, and a prototype of the table will be auctioned off to support The Nature Conservancy.
Seven other designers were awarded honorable mentions: Alessandro Columbano for "Habitat of Plywood Twigs"; Ben Huggins for "Little Star"; Brian Hamilton for "Swollen Surface"; Brendan Ravenhill for "Notch Table"; Damian Barton for Hyperpolic Parabaloid Lounger": Christine Yogiaman for "Wooble"; and D.E. Sellers for "Single Panel 2, Bookcase."