Designers are shaping this sustainable wood into simple but sleek furniture and lighting
THE STORY SO FAR
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.
WHERE WE’VE SEEN IT
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