Wednesday 22nd November 2017 to Wednesday 13th December 2017
Exhibition at the VIA Gallery
What was once a symbol of the past is now becoming the way forward: the act of producing and building in wood is undergoing a stunning revolution :
- As a base material, it is ultra-ecological and sustainable: one cubic metre of wood produces one tonne of carbon less !
- Wood as a structure, new high-performance combinations are being developed which enable, for example, the conception of towers of more than 30 floors in wood ;
- As a structural material, its flexibility, its natural warmth and its acoustics make it a material of choice for designers and architects.
VIA wants to aid innovation in the wood construction industry in France by putting its trust in the next generation of designers. Today’s new generation are able to provide new solutions and rise to the new challenges of living wood, building original, adaptable and human living spaces. The ‘New Living Wood’ contest presents prospective projects and reflects tomorrow’s apartment, house and garden trends. The ‘New Living Wood’ project aims to give architects and project managers food for thought.
More than 50,000 wood companies in the French construction sector.
New key markets : 1 in 4 extensions and elevations are made from wood.
Extensions, elevations, adjustable units and mezzanines, wood has the potential to take further market shares, with its unique assets compared to its rivals : its longevity and durability and the potential for dry construction and prefabrication in workshops makes for short time frames and modest budgets.
Over the last ten years, wood construction professions have witnessed a number of evolutions: the arrival of digital technology in consultancy firms and automation in workshops, new materials… 29% of businesses are planning investment in 2017 and 2018, and 40% say that they want to hire. Other initiatives aim to boost wood construction in the house and small apartment block markets, which, until now, have not been very open to wood materials.
Launched by the wood industry’s professional organisations, financially supported by CODIFAB (French Furniture and Wood Industries Professional Development Committee) and supervised by VIA (Promotion of Innovation in Furniture), the ‘New Living Wood’ project presents innovative prospective projects devoted to the wood construction industry.
“New Living Wood” is a national contest launched in specialist design and interior design schools. It aims to reward the most innovative of the projects presented by the designers, encourage wood industry professionals to integrate design into their development strategies, promote French wood, enhance its uses and promote creative use of it. The study theme for this year is ‘Wood in the 5th living space’, with the criteria :
- Sociological and environmental approach ;
- Creativity and innovation ;
- Technical approach ;
- Aesthetic quality of the project presentation ;
- Suburban project ;
- Use of native tree species.
A panel made up of professionals from the UMB-FFB (Woodworkers Union), CAPEB (Confederation of Artisans and Small Building Businesses), VIA, Ameublement Français, and designers have selected the most ambitious projects in terms of aesthetics, technicality and innovation… 3 of which will then be named winners of the ‘New Living Wood’ Prize.
The medium to long term objective of this action is to build on the students’ solutions to feed and enhance the thought processes of wood construction professionals and track tomorrow’s trends.
The project stakeholders
CODIFAB, the French Furniture and Wood Industries Professional Development Committee, was created on the request of furniture and timber manufacture professionals: CAPEB, UFME, UICB, UIPC, UIPP, UMB-FFB, UNAMA, UNIFA.
The purpose of CODIFAB is to drive and finance, with the income produced by the levy, collective action within the framework of its missions as outlined in Article 2 of the Law of 22nd June 1978. The proposed projects are judged by the representatives of the industries, who will also assess how they are carried out.
VIA (Promotion of Innovation in Furniture) is an exchange platform and exposition space created in 1979 on the initiative of CODIFAB (French Furniture and Wood Industries Professional Development Committee) with the support of the Ministry for Industry. Its primary missions are:
- To promote creation and innovation in the furniture and domestic and professional living environment sector (furniture, lighting, flooring, furniture textiles, living spaces, etc.) in its exposition gallery in France and abroad through the travelling exposition ‘Le French Design by VIA’;
- To supprort young creative minds: for over 35 years, VIA has gained a real reputation by showcasing talent internationally and now manages a design project incubator.
Participating design schools
LISAA trains designers and interior designers. Thanks to a number of partnerships with businesses in the sector and a teaching team made up of architecture and design professionals, LISAA’s interior design and design training enjoys widespread recognition.
La Martinière Diderot, Lyon
The Preparatory Class at the Grandes Écoles arts & design schools is the first stage of higher education, leading to careers in design teaching and research as well as international design professions. Its aim is to gather all the necessary means to prepare students for the entrance exams for the ENS Cachan design department and for major applied arts schools in France and elsewhere. It provides a high level of training to bring university and higher education courses on design culture to degree level.
For its inaugural edition, students have studied the theme of ‘Wood in the 5th living space’ to try to provide solutions for the evolution and renewal of the wood construction sector.
- What is tomorrow’s new living space?
- How to define this 5th living space?
- How is this new space used?
The uses of the 4 other spaces that students have identified are the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom and the living/dining room.