Bethan Laura Wood, born in 1983, graduated with a Master’s in product design from the London Royal College of Art, UK. She has undertaken residences with London’s Design Museum, Hotel ‘W Mexico City’ and worked with artisans in Venice and Vicenza, Italy. Her work has been purchased by both Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains Lausanne and by ABET museum. She collaborates with Hermès UK and Kvadrat. Wood has won several design awards and collections of hers have been shortlisted for ‘product/furniture of the year’ competitions. She likes to explore what drives people to hold onto a particular object yet discard another. Bethan regularly holds lectures and talks and currently teaches on the MA in Design and MA in Luxury courses at ECAL, Switzerland.
Bethan Laura Wood
“I have two female icons as source of inspiration: Maria, the maschinenmensch Maria from Metropolis, the Fritz Lang film – created around the same time as the chair, and Elizabeth I of England.
For me the palmette in the backrest of the “Chaise A” evokes the “boned bodice” (precursor of the corset) the queen used to wear, I redesigned the pattern in the perforated metal, to celebrate this connection, thus allowing colourful small leather disks and metal rivets to be added to further embellish the surface. Allowing my intervention on the chair to heighten the mix of femininity and industrial performance which I was drawn to within the original Chaise A.”