Bethan Laura Wood

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Born1983 (age 40–41)
Shropshire, England
Alma mater
  • Royal College of Art
  • Brighton University
  • Designer
  • Artist
  • EDIDA Design Awards (2019)
  • The ELLE Decoration British Design Awards (2019)
  • British Lands Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal (2016)
  • Design Miami (2013)

Bethan Laura Wood (born in Shropshire,1983.[1]) is an English designer and artist. Since completing her MA at London’s Royal College of Art in 2009,[2] Wood has taken part in residencies in Europe. Her work is characterised by a love of colour, geometry, visual metaphor[3] paten and marquetry. Everyday objects can be re-contextualised, the work often focusing on pattern and colour, indicating their origins, production and past usage.[2]


Wood was diagnosed with dyslexia at sixth-form college.[4] She took an Art Foundation at Kingston before going on to study 3D Design at Brighton University,[5] she worked for a year on self-initiated projects, which she funded by working in cafes and bars, before studying at the Royal College of Art in 2007, tutored by Dutch designer Jurgen Bey and the Italian Martino Gamper.[6] Her personal style is described as, 'a riot of colour, texture, experimentation and unconventional beauty'.[7] She taught at L'Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland, and has worked for French house Hermès, Italian brand Bitossi Ceramiche[8] and designed for the Milan-based rug company cc-Tapis.[9] She founded her studio in 2009[6] while still a student, called 'WOOD London'.[2] She was a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum, London.


Year Award Category Piece Result
2019 German Design Awards Outstanding Product[10] Tongue with Rosenthal Won
The Design Museum Beazley Designs of the Year[11] Super Fake with CC-Tapis Nominated
EDIDA Design Awards[12] Floor Covering Super Fake with CC-Tapis Won
The ELLE Decoration British Design Awards[13] Floor Covering Won
The ELLE Decoration Japan EDIDA Design Award[14] Floor Covering Won
2017 The Design Prize Artist Realm[15] Nominated
2016 London Design Festival British Lands Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal[8][16] Won
Hublot Design Prize[17] Finalist
2013 Design Miami Designer of the Future[18] Won
W Hotels Designers of the Future Award[19] Making Connections
2012 The Design Museum Design of the Year - Furniture Moon Rock[20] Nominated


  • 2019 - Judge for 2019 Dezeen Awards.[6]
  • 2013 - Abet Museum – Play time table purchased for permanent collection.
  • 2012 - MUDAC – Totem no.5 purchase for permanent collection.
  • 2012 - One of 850 alumni invited to Diamond jubilee Royal academy of Arts Gala in attendants of the Queen

Select exhibitions

  • 8 March to 28 April 2018: Aram Gallery - Designers select designers.[21]
  • 22 - 25 September 2016: Designjunction - Dyslexic Design.[22]
  • 20 September: The British Land Celebration of Design awards exhibition in Broadgate, London.[8]
  • 2011: Nilufar gallery during Salone del Mobile with pieces such as Totem, a lighting collection made from Pyrex in collaboration with master glass-blower Pietro Viero.[23]
  • September 2013: Aram Gallery - Solo show.[24]


Wood's works can be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert museum in London[25], the Wellcome Collection in London[26] and the Abet Laminate Museum in Italy[27].

Select press

  • April 2015: ICON magazine, (cover).[28]
  • 21 January 2017: The Guardian Weekend magazine.[29]

In the media



  1. "Bethan Laura Wood". Pamono. Retrieved 11 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Beljanski, Tanja (February 2020). "Colorful World of Bethan Laura Wood". L'Officiel Arabia.
  3. McCann, Paul (9 November 2011). "How Bethan Laura Wood and Abet Laminati created a two-part coffee table".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Love, Emma; Treggiden, Katie (21 January 2017). "The future's bright: 2017's biggest new design talents". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. RYDER, BETHAN (Spring 2018). "Bethan Laura Wood on the creative inspiration behind her Hackney design studio". The Glossary.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Dezeen Awards 2019". Dezeen. 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Pippa, Brooks (12 August 2017). "The Wylde Interview: Bethan Laura Wood". Wylde.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 MORRIS, Tom (2016-09-12). "Is Bethan Laura Wood British Design's Brightest New Spark?". Newsweek.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. Conlon, Scarlett (23 May 2020). "Rhapsody in blue: a Milanese apartment". The Guardian.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Rosenthal x Bethan Laura Wood: Bauhaus inspired art of weaving". 17 February 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Beazley Designs of the Year 2019 shortlist announced". 10 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "SUPER ROUND". EDIDA Awards. 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "THE ELLE DECORATION BRITISH DESIGN AWARDS 2019 - WINNERS!". Elle Decoration. 6 December 2018.
  14. "EDIDA JAPAN* WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT". 1 November 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "and THE DESIGN PRIZE winner is... report from the award ceremony in milan". designboom. 14 April 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. GRIFFITHS, ALYN (2016-09-20). "Sir Kenneth Grange, Bethan Laura Wood, David Adjaye and Daan Roosegaarde win London Design Medals 2016". Wallpaper*. W*211.
  17. "Second round of the Hublot Design Prize". World Tempus. 10 June 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Designers of the Future". Domus. 18 June 2013.
  19. THOMPSON, HENRIETTA (2013-04-15). "Winners announced for the W Hotels Designers of the Future Award 2013". Wallpaper*.
  20. Etherington, Rose (2012-01-11). "Design Museum announce shortlist for Designs of the Year 2012". Dezeen.
  21. Yalcinkaya, Gunseli (13 March 2018). "Thomas Heatherwick, Bethan Laura Wood and more nominate emerging designers for Aram Gallery exhibition". Dezeen. Retrieved 11 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. Morris, Tom (12 December 2016). "Is Bethan Laura Wood British Design's Brightest New Spark?". Newsweek. Retrieved 11 March 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. "TALKING COLOUR WITH BETHAN LAURA WOOD". Livingetc.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. Browne, Alix (July 23, 2013). "Bethan Laura Wood: Designer of the Future".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. "Search the Collections". Victoria & Albert Museum Collections. 2 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  26. "Wellcome Collection - Being Human".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. "Museo Abet Laminati" (PDF). Abet Laminati. 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. Patel, Riya (7 May 2015). "A taste of Bethan Laura Wood – 'It's about controlling colour without stifling it'". Iconeye. Retrieved 11 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. Katie Treggiden, Emma Love (2017-01-21). "The future's bright: 2017's biggest new design talents". The Guardian Lifestyle.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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