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.