Wood Design is an amalgamation of many different disciplines, all centered around a common starting point: wood and forest products. Led by Wendy Maruyama, the Wood Design team comprises practitioners in contemporary furniture making, design and installation/sculpture. Members of the team all utilize this material as a problem solving tool, looking for new and unique ways to understand and manipulate it. Wood design takes a contemporary look at a timeless material and asks, “what more can we do with this?”. The cooperation process is an ongoing effort to emphasize the material as a global language. The program aims to explore the material’s potential for addressing a variety of concerns in culture and nature that also reflects the annual theme.