CMU School of Drama

Friday, July 14, 2017

V&A exhibition charts the rise and fall of humble plywood The social history of plywood – as an innovator in the furniture and transport industries, and a maligned everyday material – is explored in a new exhibition at London's V&A museum, which opens this weekend.

1 comment:

George Melter said...

I find this article really fascinating because all my life I've been able to use or have plywood, but I forget that it wasn't always a thing and that it wasn't until the 1940's that plywood was invented. I always think of most wood materials just being readily available, but with plywood, that wasn't always the case. I can think of so many uses for plywood that I could never do with just solid sheets of wood and still have it be light and cheap. For example, when facing a stud wall, I could use solid wood panels, but that would be very expensive and not very efficient, but with the invention of plywood we are given a light and strong option for sheets of wood. I also think that the exhibition shows about all the uses of plywood is really cool because I never knew that it was used in aircrafts and that it lead to the creation of modern furniture. I think that by showing the technology that went in to make plywood really adds to this exhibit and gives the viewer a real perspective on something that they never thought about before, atleast I never gave much mind to it. I knew it was made by pressing and glueing plys of wood together, but not that it was moulded.