Monday, 25 September 2017 14:41

Plywood Exhibition at the V & A

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The wonder of plywood is celebrated in a fascinating (free) exhibition, Plywood: Material of the Modern World, which runs at the V&A in London till 12 November 2017.

Light but very strong, mouldable, beautiful, economical and sustainable, it has inspired generations of designers since the late 1800s. Highlights of the exhibition include amazing chairs moulded to the human form, designed by such iconic designers as Alvar Aalto and Charles & Ray Eames.

Edie Stool
Edie Stool - 2013

The one above was designed in 1934 by British designer Gerald Summers, and manufactured in London in the ‘30s. The entire chair is cleverly made from just one piece of plywood.

Skating shelters
Skaters' shelters

Bringing plywood bang up to date, on the left is the Edie Stool, designed by David and Joni Steiner for Opendesk in 2013. Just pop out the pieces and slot them together - clever stuff.

The exhibition continued outside in the V&A’s beautiful central courtyard, with these sculptural shelters for ice skaters, designed for use in frozen Canada. They looked like they’d landed here from outer space, but turned out to be occupied by earthlings taking shelter from the midday sun.

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