Bent and molded plywood is one of the many beloved signatures of mid-century icons, and has seen a resurgence in both consumer popularity and designer experimentation. Contemporary designers are using the technique to find new, contemporary lines, while revering the classics. Here are some of our favorites, both old and new.
DESIGNER: Alexander Gufler
PRICE: Inquire for pricing
This contemporary gem holds its own in a field of mid-century icons. In this shell chair the legs are held directly by the seat- and back shell. In combination with the substructure this parts become a stable unit.
Danish master Hans J. Wegner is known for his solid wood pieces, but his bent plywood work is as iconic and distinctive as his most famous solid wood pieces. Currently designed by Carl Hansen & Son.
A classic and design favorite, the Eames innovated and perfected the very molded plywood technique that is employed in every design featured in this post. If there was ranking higher than one, the Eames Molded Plywood Chair deserves a permanent spot there.
A beloved Finnish design, the seat is bent from birch with plywood and lacquered.
A stunning chair that employs bentwood and pushes it to its extreme, the Cherner Armchair was designed in 1958.
A modern dining chair that offers comfort and stability from the mind of the chair master Wegner.
A contemporary design that brings the bent wood aesthetic into today’s commercial interiors from Davis Furniture.
A paired down stool that celebrates the form and curves of molded wood from Moroso.
9. Yanagi Butterfly Stool
DESIGNER: Sori Yanagi
MANUFACTURER: Sori Yanagi
17” x 12.5” x 15.5”
A gorgeous application of the molded plywood technique, and first designed and manufactured in 1954, the Yanagi Butterfly Stool celebrates graceful curves and stunning symmetry.
10. Half Pipe Desk
DESIGNER: Eric Pfeiffer
PRICE: $899 – $999
26” d x 42” w x 28/33” h
Drawing inspiration from the skateboarding world, the Half Pipe desk is a tasteful contemporary desk that is both reverent to the past of molded wood and the future of design.
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