27 May saw the announcement of the winners in the “Swedish Wood Student Design Challenge 2016”, which was initiated by the industry body Swedish Wood in partnership with the American University in Dubai (AUD). The challenge was to create an innovative and functional item of furniture for a hotel lobby using Swedish pine and spruce.

This second Swedish Wood Student Design Challenge was organised by Swedish Wood in partnership with AUD and the prize is a study trip to Sweden in June.

Since March this year, 13 teams of students have been working intensively on the project, which is part of their design course at AUD. Three teams were then selected to manufacture their furniture in Swedish pine and spruce which Swedish Wood donated to the university. On 27 May, a jury comprising representatives from AUD and Swedish Wood, plus an international design expert, announced the winning entry, a table and seating in Swedish pine inspired by New York and the Brooklyn Bridge.

“The winning furniture stylishly illustrates the different impact that pine can make, depending on whether it’s used unpainted or treated with pigment. The contrast between the dark and light surfaces is here used to emphasise the challenging nature of the design,” comments Charlotte Dedye Apelgren.

The winning team comprises students Jessica and Christina Abou Haidar, who are also sisters.

Both Jessica and Christina see the win as a great opportunity for the future.

The winning entry Table and seating inspired by New York and the Brooklyn Bridge. Functionally, it serves as a bookshelf or display stand, as a bar table on one side and as seating on the other.


The entry in third place

The entry in second place Seating in Swedish pine and spruce inspired by London. Supplementary material: steel frame in black that recalls the typical black railings and gates in Notting Hill. The box-shaped section is used as a planter.

The entry in third place Shelving inspired by Liberty Tower in Tehran, can be assembled without any glue or screws and can be taken apart and flat-packed. The shelving unit is intended as a bookshelf in a lobby, as a room divider or as a towel and newspaper rack in a spa. The unit can also be rotated and is fully stable in every direction. Built in Swedish spruce.


The winning entry

Jury members Dr. Nabyl Chenaf

– Dean, School of Architecture, Arts and Design, AUD Mr. Daniel Zaragoza

– President, Escuelas Nacionales de Interiorismoy Diseño Asociadas en México (ENIDAM) Per Esbjörnsson, Project Coordinator, Interior and Design, Swedish Wood

Also attending was Counsellor Pia Roed from the Embassy of Sweden in the United Arab Emirates.

For more information:
Charlotte DedyeApelgren, Director of Interior and Design, Swedish Wood
+46 70 661 78 81, charlotte.