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WOOD – TEN Design Collective

Exhibition until April 19th

Written by Polly Corrigan


It was William Morris who advised that we have nothing in our homes that was not useful or beautiful, cheapest doctor so his ghost is certain to be roaming happily through a new show at his family home in Walthamstow. WOOD is a collection of witty, sickness and well-designed wooden household objects – from lamps to doorstops that look like toy cars to coat hooks in the shape of foxes. It all has a slightly homespun feel, as if a bunch of magical woodland imps had been set a woodwork project for their summer holidays.



The objects have, in fact, been whittled up by a design collective known as TEN, who all believe that designers can use their work to fight against the culture of over-consumption and throw-away goods. So if the work looks chicly minimal, that’s because it is, but also because it’s lighter, easier to pack flat and transport that way too. The wood is ethically sourced as well as beautifully crafted.

For those who visit the show and cannot bear to be parted from these delicious timber treasures, help is at hand. There are plans for the products to go on sale at twentytwentyone, and the designers are currently searching for a suitable manufacturer.

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