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  • Plywood: a material story

  • Christopher Wilk

  • Thames & Hudson
  • July 2017
  • 9780500519400
  • Hardback Book
  • 240
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All customers who purchase a copy of this book from us by the closing date will be entered into a draw to win one ticket to the Materials of Design symposium at the V&A on Friday, 6 October 2017, which accompanies the Plywood exhibition.


Terms and conditions of prize draw

* winner will be announced on 22nd August 2017
* closing date is 21st August 2017
* one ticket will be offered as the prize and there is no cash alternative
* prize draw is restricted to purchasers of the Plywood book only
* the Plywood book must be bought from either the TRADA or BM TRADA online bookshop
* other costs of attending the exhibiton (e.g. travel) are not offered as part of the prize and are the responsibility of the prize winner

Plywood is an versatile material, made by gluing together layers of cross-grained veneers, creating a pliable board that can be stronger than solid wood. Stylish and practical, plywood offers huge possibilities for experimental design, and it has been used to make a wide range of products, from aeroplanes, boats and automobiles to architecture and furniture. This book traces the history of plywood from its use in 18th-century furniture, through its emergence as an industrial product in the 19th century, to a material celebrated by 20th-century modernists such as Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames. An ideal material for the digital age, plywood has become popular again in recent years and is widely used in contemporary design and manufacture.

Produced to accompany an exhibition at the V&A, this book is the first comprehensive study of the history of plywood and its myriad applications throughout the ages, unveiling the stories behind objects that surround us and that we often take for granted.
All customers who purchase a copy of this book from us by the closing date will be entered into a draw to win one ticket to the Materials of Design symposium at the V&A on Friday, 6 October 2017, which accompanies the Plywood exhibition. Terms and conditions of prize draw * winner will be announced on 22nd August 2017 * closing date is 21st August 2017 * one ticket will be offered ...
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Introduction

• 1. Plywood Becomes Plywood (antiquity–c. 1900)
• 2. Manufacturing Plywood (1807–c. 1910)
• 3. The Veneer Problem (1850s–1930s)
• 4. Plywood Flies and Fights (1911–1945)
• 5. Building the Modern World (1920s–1940s)
• 6. Plywood Shows its Face (1945–1980s)
• 7. The Fall and Rise of Plywood (1960s–today)

About the Author
Christopher Wilk is Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is the author of books on Marcel Breuer, Frank Lloyd Wright and on the Thonet furniture company.