IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit Spotlights Urban Ash Furnishings


Architect Kichul Lee designed this Frog chair, one of 14 winning projects featured in Woodshop 2015, a showcase of urban ash creations curated by IIDEXCanada.

Furniture items created by local artisans using ash wood salvaged from Toronto landscape trees will be displayed at IIDEXCanada, Canada’s largest event for the architect and design community.

The call for entries of prototypes made from “Toronto’s untapped ash wood resource” was recently issued for the fourth annual IIDEX Woodshop. The urban ash wood showcase is presented by IIDEX, in conjunction with Ontario Wood and the City of Toronto.

Entry is free; submissions will be accepted through June 17. The 15 prototypes judged most innovative will be displayed in the Woodshop during IIDEXCanada, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Metro Toronto Centre.

Prototypes featured in Woodshop 2015 included chairs, chests, a sewing lamp and even bike fenders from ash wood. (Click here to check them out.) In addition to receiving exposure at IIDEXCanada, the winning entries were also displayed at subsequent events, including Toronto’s City Hall for the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, The Ontario Forestry Industry Association’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto, the Northeastern Forest Pest Council Annual Meeting in Kingston and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Deputies Meeting in Ottawa.


Some of the 2015 winning prototypes will be displayed and available for sale​ in a special showing at Urban Mode in Toronto from May 18 to June 18.