Wood Awards 2018 shortlist: GYC#1

A collectors’ cabinet inspired by David Gates’ interest in industrial and agricultural architecture and infrastructure, GYC#1 is the first piece in the series to be finished completely in black and is closely related to the landscape of the Thames estuary.

With various species used in its construction – American birds eye maple, British elm and ash and cedar from Lebanon – the final aesthetic of the piece is achieved with various amounts of scorching and pigment.

Using a variety of techniques, the wood’s surface is a mixture of smooth and rough textures, creating a range of subtly varying textures unified by the darkened surface. Despite seemingly chaotic, the piece is made using precise traditional techniques.


Designer: David Gates


All images are credited to AHEC