Next big thing: Plywood

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  • Designers are shaping this sustainable wood into simple but sleek furniture and lighting


    This strong, simple, lightweight wood has influenced furniture design
    from timeless pieces such as the Eames DCM to the Cherner
    chair. However, it’s the pale, untreated finish that is a recent
    highlight in furniture and lighting design, and within interior design too, using plywood as wall
    cladding and kitchen units.


    East London workshop, Unto This Last, create all their simple, distinctive designs for furniture and lighting in plain, laminated or wood veneer finished plywood.

    Tulip lamp from £35, Unto This Last

    Cabinet in white, £190, Unto This Last

    The simple framed A range of furniture ByAlex is laminated in grey, white and black with visible layers of plywood edges.

    A stool in grey, £82, By Alex

    The design of the Very Good & Proper’s Canteen chair is based on British school chairs with a coloured frame update.

    Canteen utility chair, £258, Very Good and Proper at Twenty Twenty One


    Interior and furniture designers Baines & Fricker use plywood within their retail interior design and SB01 series of furniture, accented with primary colours for upholstery and highlighted sections.

    SB01 series, Baines & Fricker

    &New combine plywood with powder coated metal frames, cork and formica surfaces.

    Leonard sideboard, £1850, &New

    New designer Thomas Paul started up Primary Grey in 2014, he combines plywood with colourful veneers and frames to highlight the pale wood tones of the plywood.

    Hexagonal plant pot, from £40, Primary Grey

    Alongside storage peg boards, Kreis Designs create home accessories that celebrates the formation of plywood by exposing and making a feature out of the layers.

    Kitchen utensil holder, £32, Kreis Designs

    Chocolate Creative creates hand-made hooks and and furniture handles out of plywood, finished with simple block colour and artistic scenes

    Bespoke wooden furniture handles, £35, Chocolate Creative

    Lycan Design use the end grain of plywood as a contrasting feature against smooth veneers

    Bedside table, £345, Lycan Design


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