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Plywood – A Material Story (hardback)


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Published to accompany the exhibition Plywood: Material of the Modern World

Plywood is an astonishingly versatile material, made by gluing together layers of cross-grained veneers, creating a pliable board that can be stronger than solid wood. Stylish and practical, plywood offers huge possibilities for experimental design, and it has been used to make a wide range of products, from aeroplanes, boats and automobiles to architecture and furniture. This book traces the history of plywood from its use in 18th-century furniture through its emergence as an industrial product in the 19th century, to a material celebrated by 20th-century modernists such as Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames. An ideal material for the digital age, plywood has become popular again in recent years and is widely used in contemporary design and manufacture.


Christopher Wilk




21.8cm x 2.8cm x 26.2cm



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Christopher Wilk

Christopher Wilk is Keeper of the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum.