Bethan Laura Wood at Toronto’s Interior Design Show

By Rose Marie Bresolin

Bethan Laura Wood at the Interior Design Show

Recognized for her unique designs, award winning British designer Bethan Laura Wood whose exhibits were in the Milan design show in 2018, studied Three-Dimensional Design at the University of Brighton, graduating with honors in 2006. She continued on to the Royal College of Art, where she studied Product Design under Jürgen Bey and Martino Gamper, graduating with a master’s degree in 2009.

As I sipped on a glass of wine in the Media Hospitality Suite on opening night of Toronto’s Interior Design Show (IDS), the striking image of Bethan Laura Wood stirred my attention enough to have me walk across the room to introduce myself:

Rose Marie Bresolin: I’m now speaking with Bethan and I’m going to let her tell you what it was that made me gravitate towards her, in a room packed with other people also looking well designed by fashion.

Bethan: Well, hello to Spencer readers. I am a multi-discipline designer and I’ve just been invited to talk about my work. In my practice, I tend to like a lot of colour and pattern, so that’s why you were noticing me from across the room.

Rose Marie: Yes, precisely. Now tell us something about the work you do.

Uniqueness of Design sets Bethan’s work apart

Bethan: I really enjoy exploring the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives, and to question how they can become cultural conduits. I am interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.

Rose Marie: What set you on the path of creating designs that are very different from the models that would have been in place at the time you studied.

Bethan: I guess I’m really curious; I’ve always tended to look at simple things from a different angle to see what else they might have to say, and I have great respect for our environment. And, it seemed that from there, everything else just fell into place. I felt lucky to have met Pietro Viero in a residency programme for New Artisans in Vicenza, Italy, where we worked with their local artisans. I designed my first collection of chandeliers with him for Nilufar gallery in Milano. I try and collaborate with him at least once a year – it’s such a joy to meet people who have strong passions about a material or technique and to share in that.

Rose Marie: You mentioned work commissioned by Tory Burch, and I imagine there were others captivated by your startling designs.

Living In Color

Bethan: Yes, and for that I am truly grateful. Hermès requested displays for its U.K. store windows, and I filled them with extra-large fruit in 2014. The next year, when Tory Burch commissioned works in the spirit of Dodie Thayer’s iconic lettuce ware, I designed sculptures that looked like oversized canapés. And when the accessories brand Valextra asked me for a line of handbags, I came up with the bags with squiggly handles and clasps that look squeezed from a toothpaste tube. My latest collaboration has been with Perrier Jouet for HyperNature, a full-size Tree that travels around the world for their different events.

Rose Marie: And where does Bethan Laura Wood call home?

Bethan: I presently live and work in London but I continue to do a lot of work with the Nilufar Gallery in Milano.

The Tree designed by Bethan for the Maison named HyperNature, boasts curves, petals and colours that were inspired by a journey to Champagne. While visiting the Maison Belle Epoque, the family home of Maison Perrier-Jouët in Epernay, Bethan was immersed in Art Nouveau, and her repertoire was enriched by the floral detail throughout the house.

For those of you who made it to hear her talk at the Interior Design Show Toronto this year, I’m convinced you would agree it’s mixed discipline on a large scale. Inspired by everything the 1970s architecture and Otomi fabrics of Southern Mexico to her ‘bonkers’ flea-market finds, you can ‘find’ more of her work on the website below.

Bethan Laura Wood

Rose Marie Bresolin
Rose Marie Bresolin is the Managing Editor of Spencer Magazine. She is also an Author and Personal Coach. At Spencer we look to bring the world to you. And by also promoting Toronto to the world, we seek out things that are happening in one vibrant sector after another. Beginning with the showcasing of Queen St. W., presently in the works, we believe that you will come to expect that high level of integrity in all our future articles. In bringing the experiences of others to you, we hope to open you to the curiosity to check into them for yourselves. We hope that the reading opens doors to new and positive connections. In choosing through a cornucopia of stories that peak our human interest, our aim is to both entertain and inform our readers of what’s going on around us, and globally. Some will find the experiences empowering. Committed to promoting the arts, Spencer has initiated a dialogue with institutions positioned to make a difference on how creativity is viewed both in education and by the work force. Our research tells us that the public stage is ripe and ready for ideas. Our mandate is to contribute with conscience to the evolution of the world of magazines. The Team at Spencer hope to convey a sense of the excitement and the bustle behind the scenes, as we attempt to bring to you the dream we started with! You can follow her blog at: https://www.rosebresolin.com

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