Currently I am curating a design exchange between wood designers from Utrecht, the Netherlands and Portland, Oregon, USA.
Utrecht and Portland have many things in common. Both cities are vibrant with cultural diversity, and keen on growing as a green economy hub. The vibe is somewhat similar, anyone who has been in both places feels that. A friendly, laid back atmosphere with lots of room for creative initiative.
To celebrate this friendship, we are creating a cultural exchange with a focus on wood design. I found that through present day wood design we can visualize this lively, diverse atmosphere of both cities and symbolize a lasting sustainable friendship by using slabs of wood harvested through so called Urban Lumber. Through this principle we can give new life to wood that otherwise would be thrown away or burned.