IIDEX Woodshop 2014 Call for Submissions

The City of Toronto, IIDEX Canada, and ideacious.com have teamed up to bring you IIDEX Woodshop: 15 Innovative Wood Prototypes that utilize Toronto’s untapped ash wood resource. 

Globalization and climate change have brought pests like the Emerald Ash Borer to North America where they are destroying forests. In Toronto alone, the Borer will bring down 200,000+ ash trees in the next five years. IIDEX Woodshop aims to reduce the number of ash trees headed for the landfill by creating innovative market-ready commercial and consumer prototypes.

Designs must be made primarily of ash (75% minimum) and 25% other native woods. Finished pieces must be no larger than a 6’x6’x6′ with preference being given to products no larger than 3’x3’x3′. Designers will be responsible for producing their own pieces, whether they build it or hire someone else to.
Applicants must fill out the form available online and must submit  up to five images, along with a 150-word description of their design.

There are no restrictions as to what can be submitted: furniture, lighting, siding, home and garden accessories, flooring and more for both residential and commercial applications. Ideally, designers will consider integrating techniques that can be achieved with industrial production.

Jurors include: John Helwig, VP Design Strategy and Research, Teknion; Jason Dressler, Partner, Brothers Dressler; Gareth Brennena, Founder and CEO, Eventscape; Crawford Noble. Industrial Designer, Yabu Pushelberg; Peter Flemming, Furniture Studio Head and Faculty, Bachelor of Craft and Design, Sheridan College; Tory Healy, Editor, Designlines magazine; and Joshua Brasse, Founder and CEO, ideacious.com.

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014 and winners will be announced on August 18, 2014.

This IIDEXCanada annual special feature exhibition is generously supported by Ontario Wood, Ministry of Natural Resources.

For more information, please visit www.formstack.com/forms/iidex-iidexwoodshop2014callforsubmissions