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The Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal: Bethan Laura Wood


The 2016 Emerging Talent Medal was awarded to Bethan Laura Wood. The Emerging Talent Medal, supported by Swarovski, recognises an individual who has made an impact on the design scene within five or so years of graduation.“For one so young, Bethan’s breadth of work is extremely impressive. She has a really unique approach to her work and is now being recognized for her talent throughout the world.”

Bethan Laura Wood obtained a MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since graduating in 2009, Bethan has built a multidisciplinary practice characterized by material investigation, artisan collaboration, and a passion for colour and detail. 

Bethan enjoys exploring the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives, and questions how they can become cultural conduits. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.

Bethan has undertaken multiple residency programmes, from London’s Design Museum to W Hotel in Mexico City, and regularly works with artisans from the regions of Venice and Vicenza in Italy. Bethan has been commissioned by a variety of international partners to create works and installations, including Nilufar Gallery, Abet Laminati, Kvadrat, Bitossi Ceramiche, Tory Burch, Tolix and Hermés. Her work has been exhibited in institutions such as the V&A Museum of Childhood, Swiss Institute New York, Daelim Museum and MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. 

Supported by Swarovski.