Published February 23, 2012
Furniture , Wood
In her article, “How Plywood Revolutionized Design And Changed The World (No, Really!)”, Co.Design senior editor Suzanne Labarre reflects on a mid-20th century “modern” material after her visit to Plywood: Material, Process, Form, an ongoing exhibit at New York MoMA:
That plain little sandwich of lumber and glue–with its origins in ancient Egypt and its reinvention under the auspices of 20th-century military research–gave designers from Alvar Aalto to Charles and Ray Eames the raw material with which to shape some of the most iconic furniture of the past 100 years.
Those products represent a time when designers were experimenting and innovating with materials. The role plywood has played in the history of product design is significant and underscored by how expensive Eames and Aalto’s furniture are today. Labarre notes the irony that while they might have been developed the common man in mind, few of us can afford them.
Published October 21, 2011
Pretty self explanatory… But it does illustrate something about how materials can transformed in less obvious but surprising ways.
Published April 28, 2011
Furniture , Materials , Wood
See if you can resist the urge to drift off to sleep… it will be worth it if you can. In this video produced by The Republic of Fritz Hansen, you’ll enjoy watching Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair being lovingly constructed out of laminates of ash, beech or maple (it’s hard to tell exactly because the video’s in black and white, but my guess is ash).
Published October 16, 2010
Assembly , Furniture , General , Wood
Furniture manufacturer Cassina offers you a virtual tour of carpentry, synonymous with highly-skilled craftsmen, and of hide and leather making, where quality is conveyed through inspection of the material and in the sartorial elegance of the upholstery…
A quality that comes from far afield, carefully selected, paying particular attention to the application and transformation of raw materials, experimenting with new techniques while at the same time preserving the values and tradition of its history. A quality that is evident through the unrivalled combination of industrial technology and artisan working methods.
Make sure you click on the magnifying glasses to zoom into the different locations around the facility.
Thanks to Thomas Figgins for the suggestion.
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