Plywood has come a long way since it was first introduced as a cheap building material over 80 years ago! It wasn't long before it was re-invented by some of the greatest product designers of the Twentieth Century to make the famous molded chairs which went on to become design icons the World over.
However, it took significantly longer for Ply to be used as a purely architectural design feature (and not a structural one) but now there is no escaping it's versatility and popularity as a result. We have found some of our favourite examples of the amazing results that can be achieved through using good old Ply!
Plywood is fantastically practical and strong as it is an engineered wood, made up of several layers bonded together usually at ninety degrees to each other, which brings the warmth of timber into our interiors at a relatively cost effective price. Here we see it being used to line both the walls and the ceiling of this laundry in place of tiles.
The resurgence of ply is not only in full force as an interior design material, but also providing inspiration for the current generation of furniture designers. This time however, we see it's apparent utilitarian nature being celebrated in the resulting designs.
For example, the Melbourne based brand Plyroom believe that 'beautiful things shouldn’t be complicated, and that beautiful materials speak for themselves'. Each Plyroom product promotes the beauty of wood and organic simplicity by avoiding harsh metal joins and screws.
The inherent strength of ply that comes from it's bonded layers, also has the added benefit of creating a lovely detail to the edge - perfect for making a feature out of the joinery as we see here by Dutch brand Fraailand.
There is a terrific element of creativity and fun to the way that we see Ply being used - and Swedish brand How Are You take this to a new level with their Making Hard Soft range of cushions. So if you are a die-hard Ply fan, you can now have the Ply-look on your sofa as well.....
This is a trend that is not going away anytime soon - what do you think about it?