Material Focus: Plywood

Inexpensive, easy to mold, and incredibly strong, plywood became a go-to material for child design in the twentieth century. Many designers and production houses experimented with this material to create some of the most interesting pieces of the period. Check out a few of our favorites below!

Image from metmuseum.org

Image from metmuseum.org

This classic American piece by Charles Eames & Ray Eames, circa 1946, is made from a single piece of molded plywood: tough for heavy play, but also designed to support a child's growing body. Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company.

Image by Lora Appleton for kinder MODERN

Image by Lora Appleton for kinder MODERN

Glora Caranica designed this abstract rocker for Creative Playthings in 1970 using bent plywood.

Image by Lora Appleton for kinder MODERN

Image by Lora Appleton for kinder MODERN

More circle cut-outs adorn this birch rocker from the former USSR. Designed by Albrecht Lange and Hans Mitzlaff, circa 1960.

Image by Lora Appleton for kinder MODERN

Image by Lora Appleton for kinder MODERN

Thonet's bent plywood chairs were a mid-century staple in child design. This blonde pair was manufactured in France in the 1940s.

Image from moma.org

Image from moma.org

This beech plywood child's chair by Kristian Vedel, 1957, features an adjustable lacquered seat.

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