Category: 7. Indigenous Timber Showcase Award
Indigenous Timber Showcase Award: The use of indigenous timber in a manner that best highlights its unique characteristics. This category is open to entries from across the spectrum of timber usage from furniture to buildings, facilities to objet's d'art.
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C1 Sliding Puzzle
This project was conceived out of an appreciation of good coffee and good design. The concept was devised by Sam Crofskey owner of C1 Café, previously in High Street, Christchurch and has been developed and realised by furniture and product designer, James Jagger of Jagger Design. Native heart rimu was selected for its striking grain and its strength, as well as a consideration for economy and sustainability, over virgin timber. Recovered rimu was locally sourced from demolition yards around Christchurch. Each piece of the puzzle is crafted from laminated rimu (with grain running in a single direction) and then coated with linseed oil. A cross-section reveals its functional joinery, allowing seamless, multi-directional sliding. The 1200mm x 1200mm finished product is robust to withstand use by customers manoeuvring the pieces while waiting for their daily caffeine fix. The C1 logo is included to reinforce recognition of the popular café in its post-quake location and becomes the graphic challenge of the puzzle. The natural rimu grain provides a contrasting background as well as the surrounding frame. The work is backed with D-grade, 17mm ply, for cost-effectiveness. As a kind of phoenix rising from the devastation of the earthquake, making the most of promotional graphics as well as the beauty of native wood grain, this interactive work engages with the customer and adds appeal to a restored café culture.