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Furniture Design Contest Require Use of American Hardwoods

Two furniture competitions in China that required the use of American hardwood lumber with an emphasis on products that can be mass produced have announced the winning design.

Shanghai AM Forest Products China, the Shanghai Timber Trade Association and several Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. member companies sponsored the two LB Cup Competitions in Furniture Design in 2021 and 2022. Dozens of professional and student designers from across China submitted furniture in a variety of categories. (See videos of programs here).

The LB Cup Competition required participants to use American hardwoods like Red Oak, Maple and Poplar with an emphasis on designs that can be made in factories, said James Xu, founder of Shanghai AM Forest Products and director of the China National Hardwood Council and the Shanghai Timber Trade Association. He said other competitions have beautiful designs, but their results are often difficult to mass produce.

“This has been an excellent opportunity for students to learn about American hardwoods,” Xu said. “The factories in China have been very interested in the designs and making these for sale in China and the U.S.”

The AHMI member companies sponsoring and judging were: Roy Anderson Hardwoods, Allegheny Wood Products, Oaks Unlimited, Walker Lumber Co., and non-member HHP, Inc.

The first LB Cup Competition focused on children’s furniture and the second was for overall creative design. Both contests selected the top four winners based on style, use of hardwood, function and production capability and another dozen received Excellent Design awards.

Competition organizers have marketed the results to manufacturers and professional designers across China. He said it has been extremely successful and a third competition is scheduled for the fall of 2022.

View videos of the competition and images of the winning designs at www.appalachianhardwood.org/design

For more information, please contact AHMI at info@appalachianhardwood.org.

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