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home: trend [ plywood ]

Plywood furniture is nothing new, made popular in the 1950s with design icons like Charles and Ray Eames. The material that was once thought too cheap to be on show is now making its biggest mark on interiors being used on everything from furniture to kitchen cupboards to wall coverings.

The amazing nature of plywood means it can bend and create beautiful shapes, and this is particularly evident in pendant lights. If you are looking for a statement light this coming season, make sure its made of plywood.

Light shade from clasohlson.com [ £29.99 ]
Another great way to make a statement is to use plywood where you may not expect. Make cupboard doors in a kitchen or panel a wall in a living room. Let the finish be raw and obvious, no need to cover up with paint.

If you fancy a more subtle approach to plywood try adding in some dining chairs or perhaps a side table or stool. These pieces of furniture can add interest to a room and blend with other trends, like mid-century, monochrome and Scandinavian. You really need to appreciate the design of the pieces you choose, so a less cluttered room is probably best.

If you are looking for inspiration than we recommend a visit to the V&A Museum and their current exhibition Plywood: Material of the Modern World.

Guide:

1. Image from Pinterest

2. Shelving unit from lozidesigns.com [ from £180 ]

3. Wallpaper from johnlewis.com [ £175 ]

4. Stool from lozidesigns.com [ £120 ]

5. Lamp shade from woolights.com

6. Floating shelf from made.com [ £49 ]

7. Eames chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £927.60 ]

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home: daily [ the Eames exhibition ]

Not long left to catch this incredibly collated exhibition celebrating the ‘World of Charles and Ray Eames’ 

 

Open til Valentines Day, at The Barbican, London, the exhibition is a delight of visual and written knowledge for any design, furniture and graphic design fans. Travel through the decades and learn what inspired the creative couple, learn their history, beginnings and the sweetness of how they got together. 

  
The Eameses are amongst the most celebrate designers of the twentieth century and so many of their creations influence designs of today. So many of their iconic designs have been reproduced and copied in modern homeware and furniture today, and are also still produced with the original designs. 

  
The Eames Office, at the centre of their product and graphics ideas world, was the hub where the magic happened. The couple and the office team produced incredible work for 45 years. It was a ‘laboratory’, a place for collaborating, researching and developing ‘products, furniture, graphics, architectural and exhibition projects, as well as new models for education.’

Their work covered print media, film, photography and more. Design work  covered projects for furniture, homes, and they embraced both mass production and common materials as well as embracing the potential of technology. 

As you head through the space, appreciate their extensive talent and abilities, you can slip into the couple’s world and minds, and understand that life was work, and work was life. 

Running til February 14th it’s definitely worth the £14.50 entrance fee. The shop is a post-exhibition tempting delight, with a variety of homewares, stationery, prints and cards. 

 

purchase the Eames memory game to get a selection of great design work and imagery for around £10
 
 
While you’re at the Barbican take advantage of being able to view the inside and out of this architectural brutalist dream. 

 

Visit on a Sunday (check website for openings) and explore the incredible Barbican conservatory. A little lush heaven of plants and wonder, slap bang in the middle of London – a surprising delightful gem not to be missed. 

  
The World of Charles and Ray Eames runs at The Barbican til Sunday 14th February 2016 / Sat – Wed 10am – 6pm / Thurs – Fri 10am – 9pm / £14.50 (concessions available)