This year’s prestigious Dezeen Awards 2020 trophies have been expertly crafted from beautiful London Plane timber, repurposed from old trees felled in London.
The wood was provided by Saunders Seasonings, a London-based timber company which supplies UK-grown repurposed hardwood to furniture makers and designers.
The 45 trophies were designed by Dutch design studio Atelier NL and crafted in London by design and maker studio Azmy Anything in collaboration with Saunders Seasonings. The wooden trophies are hand-sawn and finished, with the Dezeen Awards logo milled using a CNC machine and the details of the winner engraved by laser.
Taking place online from 23 to 25 November, the Dezeen Awards 2020 Shows celebrate the world’s best architecture, interiors and design projects. Dezeen Awards is the world’s most popular awards programme. In its third year, the awards attracted over 4,500 entries from more than 80 countries.
Whereas some 90% of hardwood used in the UK is imported, Saunders Seasonings sources most of its timber from old trees felled in and around London which would otherwise be chipped and burned.
“By choosing to make the Dezeen Awards 2020 trophies from repurposed locally-sourced timber, Dezeen is demonstrating the importance of sustainability in great design,” said Bruce Saunders, managing director of Saunders Seasoning.
“Thousands of old trees are felled every year in London, and most of them are simply chipped and burned. We believe the wood from these trees should be put to better use. In the hands of designers and makers we give fallen trees a chance to be reborn as something beautiful, useful, locally relevant and long lived.”
Aísling Cowley, head of Dezeen Awards, commented: “For this year’s trophies we chose to use London timber after using London clay in previous years. As London is Dezeen’s hometown it made perfect sense to work with local materials and suppliers. We love the redesigned awards Saunders Seasonings and Azmy Anything have crafted together with the designers at Atelier NL.”
London Plane is London’s most common tree, lining London landmarks including the Mall, Berkeley Square and the Embankment. It is a popular choice for city planting because it rarely sheds its branches and is tough, putting up with the pollution and compacted soils in cities. It can grow to 35 metres and live for hundreds of years.
Winners of the 2019 London Tree and Woodlands Awards, Saunders Seasonings is a two-year-old timber business based in London and Essex. The company produces its own locally sourced low carbon hardwoods for business, designers and makers.
The company mills and seasons traditional English hardwoods including London Plane, Oak, Ash and Elm. Most of its timber comes from trees felled in and around London, trees that would otherwise be chipped and burned. The company recycles and repurposes them to give them a second life, ensuring the carbon stays in the wood, and providing its customer with a viable alternative to imported hardwood. More at saunders-seasonings.co.uk
Dezeen Awards identifies the world’s best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work.
Organised by Dezeen, the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design website, Dezeen Awards is the benchmark for international design excellence and the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere. More at dezeen.com
Azmy Anything is a bespoke design and furniture studio creating custom pieces that satisfyingly solve problems, as well as beautiful objects that are made to order. At the helm is Adam Azmy, who works closely with clients to design and build custom pieces – mostly from wood – that make light work of complex needs. More at azmyanything.com