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Ply­wood will be a strong in­flu­ence in fur­ni­ture in the com­ing year, re­plac­ing the blonde woods pop­u­lar in the past cou­ple of years. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the two? The raw qual­ity and sim­ple crafts­man­ship of ply­wood. There are no gim­micks when it comes to ply – what you see is es­sen­tially what you get – which is a nice break from pol­ished ma­te­ri­als and styles that have been in fo­cus for some time.

Ply­wood is ver­sa­tile and can be ma­nip­u­lated and worked into a va­ri­ety of shapes and de­signs. The soft, neu­tral tone and grain of ply­wood is an­other qual­ity that pairs well with a va­ri­ety of con­tem­po­rary styles by adding warmth and tex­ture. Ply­wood fur­ni­ture has quite a sim­ple and crisp fin­ish, yet still re­tains its raw qual­ity and tex­ture when cut to ex­pose the raw edge of the grain. This is com­monly seen when han­dles are cut into the tim­ber, be­com­ing an added de­tail in the de­sign.

DE­SIGNER LOOK Replica Eames-style ply­wood cof­fee ta­ble in Nat­u­ral, $220, from Replica Fur­ni­ture. Bal­anc­ing act Ply is nat­u­ral and neu­tral, adding a calm­ing ef­fect.

SIM­PLY GOOD Sven stack­able wood stool in White, $15, from Tar­get.

WHITE HOT Flynn 2 door buf­fet, $599, from Free­dom.

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