Bethan Laura Wood graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Three-Dimensional Design from the University of Brighton in 2006, and continued her education at the Royal Collage of Art where she studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper, in the Design Product department completing in 2009.
Simultaneously, she set up her own practice, WOOD London, designing and producing a range of objects, from jewellery to ceramics, as well as large-scale interventions and collaborative projects. Marketing her work, both in the UK and around the world, in 2008 she was featured in the Observer’ s "Future 500 Top Ten for Fashion and Retail", as a talent to watch for, due to the success of her LINK jewellery ranges. Bethan’s new ring range Push & Pivot now stocked at the Prestigious Department store Browns .
Since completing her MA studies in 2009, Bethan's work has been in demand by gallerists, collectors and curators. She has undertaken Residences with London's Design Museum, the Fondazione Claudio Buziol in Venice and most recently AAA Wanted new Artisans Vicenza.
Bethan showcases her limited edition lighting and furniture ranges exclusively with Nilufar Gallery . Her collections Totem and Moon Rock which were presented at Salone & Design Miami / Basel 2011 were short listed for Product of the Year and Furniture of the year respectively in the London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Awards 2012. Bethan made her first unlimited piece for Nilufar ‘Shrine’ which was launched at Milan Salone 2012.
By re-contextualizing elements from existing, everyday objects, combined with research into the constituent elements of a modern city, Bethan creates new products which rediscover, explore and celebrate different attributes and aspects of the "mundane". Her work often focuses on the pattern, colouration and patination of objects, the result of the making process and subsequent traces of usage.
Locality has also become an important factor to her design process, often working in response to the area in which she resides. Be it collaborating directly with local manufacturing, or reflecting elements particular to that area within the work.
Bethan is fascinated by the connections we make with the objects that
surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto a particular object yet discard another.