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VWA Member Wei Wu takes out Wood Review’s Maker of the Year

22 Dec 2023 Members

Congratulations VWA member, Wei Wu, for winning the 2023 Overall Maker of the Year Award, Held by Australian Wood Review. 


Melbourne designer maker Wei Wu has taken out the top award of Overall Maker of the Year in addition to winning awards in the Chests, Cabinets & Boxes and Recycled & Rescued categories. He is featured on the cover of Australian Wood Review  December issue (#121) of the magazine which presents the top 100 entries along with judges’ comments and an interview with Wei Wu.

The Ming Noir Cabinet by Wei Wu is an elegant tambour cabinet with a ‘frame+storage’ structure that is configured by means of a simple and finely crafted ‘stop stick’ – the cabinet body can sit atop or below to create a flexible display space. It is made from recycled Tasmanian oak sourced from a school demolition in Melbourne. While the cabinet and supporting structure are ebonised, the stop stick is left in its original colour ‘as a precious point of reference’.

Wei Wu has a rich history of furniture design and making behind himself. As the founder of the independent furniture brand Thru in Beijing and a guest mentor at the Royal College of the Arts UK, his substantial expertise has made a lasting impact on the global design landscape. We’re thrilled to announce his recent move to Australia, made possible through a sponsorship partnership with John Monument and the VWA.

Wei Wu sitting on Ming Noir Cabinet frame.

To see a video of how this cabinet comes together view a video here on Wei Wu’s instagram account @_woodway_

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