ISSUE 47  |  Dining and Entertaining

10 Favorites: The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood

November 19, 2012 6:30 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Does the versatility of plywood have no limit?

From boats to furniture; plywood is flexible, inexpensive, easy to use, and reusable. Made from refashioned pieces of wood that have been bound together, forming a building material that is stronger and stiffer than the sum of its parts; plywood came into its own in the 20th century and its popularity grows increasingly today. Here are ten of our recent favorite sightings.

Above: A sliding barn door made from oak floor boards becomes a feature in a bedroom clad in plywood. Photo by Simon Devitt via Dwell.

Above: Toronto-based interiors stylist Jennifer Hannotte created a Scandinavian cottage-style kitchen on a limited budget using plywood. See Steal This Look: Toronto Kitchen for tips on how to recreate Hannotte’s kitchen. Photo by Angus Fergusson

Above: Plywood is used to create an appealing camp-style bath in Japan by mA-style Architects via Design Boom.

Above: In Setagaya Apartment by Naruse Inokuma Architects, a highly figured plywood panel has been used for a dining room table. Photo by Masano Nishikawa.

Above: Plywood sheets line the entire house of Auckland architect Davor Popadich. Photo by Simon Devitt via Dwell.

Above: Plywood boxes create useful kitchen storage.

Above: Plywood is used for the ceilings in a modern kitchen in Massachusetts by Burr & McCallum.

Above: Stainless steel and plywood kitchen units on wheels by French architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson work well in creating flexibility in a loft space.

Above: In last week’s Architect Is In feature, Bay Area architect Nick Noyes discussed a project in Healdsburg, California, featuring a plywood-lined interior. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

Above: Plywood can be used in external applications as well, like the tar-coated plywood exterior that Swedish architect Johannes Norlander used in the Morran House in the Gothenburg archipelago. Photo by Rasmus Norlander via Dezeen.