10 Favorites: The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood by

Issue 47 · Dining and Entertaining · November 19, 2012

10 Favorites: The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood

Issue 47 · Dining and Entertaining · November 19, 2012

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.

sliding barn door made from oak floor boards

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.

Scandinavian cottage like kitchen with plywood

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

plywood camp style bath in Japan

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

highly figured plywood panel used for dining room table

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.

house lined with exposed plywood sheets architect Davor Popadich

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

Plywood boxes as kitchen storage

Above: Plywood boxes create useful kitchen storage.

plywood ceiling black pendant lamp

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

stainless steel and plywood kitchen units in loft space

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.

Modern cabin in Healdsburg by Bay Area architect Nick Noyes

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.

tar-coated plywood used as an external application in Gothenburg archipelago

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.



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