Bent Ply The Art of Plywood Furniture
By Dung Ngo & Eric Pfeiffer
Plywood is arguably the most modern design artefact: it is a material born of natural wood and formed by vigorous industrial processes that can assume the most organic of shapes through bending, laminating, and molding. plywood truly fulfills that most modern of dreams: bridging the gap between technology and nature.
Bent Ply is the first book devoted to plywood in modern design.
The book consists of two parts: the first, an illustrated history of plywood (tracing its origins to ancient Egypt, circa 2900 BC); the second, an annotated journal of the making of a piece of bent plywood furniture, from the forest to the showroom.
Examples from stages of the process:
In addition the book contains numerous illustrations of the classics of bent ply design including:
There are also examples of its appropriation by the military: The John F. Kennedy's PT109 boat and the DeHavilland "Mosquito" were both fabricated from plywood.
Eric Pfeiffer is head designer for Offi, a home and home office furniture company specializing in bent plywood. Dung Ngo is author of American Contemporary Furniture.
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Last updated: December 19, 2013