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Plywood: Material of the Modern World

$45.00 Hardcover SEE Inside!

Written By:

Christopher Wilk

Published By:

Thames & Hudson, 08/15/2017

Product Details:

256 p. : 10.10 H x 8.30 W inches

Beautiful, strong, and ubiquitous, plywood’s worth far exceeds its general reputation. A manufactured wood product, plywood can be used both as boards and in molded form. Its applications are therefore wide-reaching: airplanes, architecture, furniture, boats, trains, and more. Its great flexibility also gives plywood-manufactured products their stylish aesthetic, as seen in chair designs by Charles and Ray Eames.Plywood has been associated with cheapness. Yet it can be beautiful and offers possibilities for experimental design. It is made by gluing together layers of crossgrained veneers, creating a board stronger than solid wood. Beginning with the earliest use of plywood technique by ancient Egyptian woodworkers, plywood’s history as an industrial product takes place from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.Produced to accompany a V&A exhibition and the first in a series on the cultural history of materials, Plywood is an exploration of design, technological, social, and cultural history. It tells the cultural...
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