05 JAN 2011

The Best Plywood Chairs

Since designers began experimenting with layered bent wood, the world has been treated to many iterations of the ply chair. Here are a few of our favourites, what are yours?

Alvar Aalto: Model 41 Paimio Chair Designed for the Paimio Sanatorium in 1932, this chair demonstrates the radical possibilities of plywood in its graceful, scrolling form. Charles and Ray Eames: Moulded Ply Chair Designed in 1946 for Herman Miller, Time Magazine describes it as 'something elegant, light and comfortable. Much copied but never bettered.' - We can't argue with that. Arne Jacobsen: Series 7 Chair The visionary Arne Jacobsen maximised the possibilities of lamination to perfection. His work led to this chair's iconic shape, ultra-sturdy construction and incredible comfort. Grete Jalk: Ribbon Chair This elegant chair with a definite female touch was an instant success winning design competitions of the day and becoming a permanent display in MoMA. Unfortunately due to production complexity only 300 were ever made. Garth Chester: Curvese Chair No need to look overseas when one of the finest plywood chairs ever made was created right here in New Zealand. Sleek, sexy curves define this design classic.

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