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Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture Hardcover – 1 Jul 2003

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; annotated edition edition (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568984057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568984056
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dung Ngo is author of American Contemporary Furniture (Universe, 1999) and Open House (Rizzoli, 2002); Eric Pfeiffer is the head designer for Offi, a home and home office furniture company specializing in bent plywood. His designs are in the collection of SF MoMA, and sold at the Museum of Modern Art Design Shop


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In the spring of 1999 an Eames plywood sculpture sold for $130,000, which at the time was the highest amount paid at auction for an Eames artifact. Read the first page
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I found out about this book in Andrew Haslam's exciting, learned, inspiring book 'Book Design'... And I can see why he included it. The covers are made of ply wood. But it's the designs inside that really make this book. You haven't lived until you've seen Frank Gehry's 'Cross-check chair' from 1990, or Peter Karpf's flowing, magic carpet-like '82USChair' from 2002... not to mention greats like Alvaar Aalto's Paimio chair from 1931. A beautiful, informative book, for fans of PLY everywhere.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95283d98) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952f41e0) out of 5 stars Plywood Makes for a Really Hardback Book 23 May 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are paperback books and hardback books, but I don't think that I've ever before seen a book that was as hardback as these. The front and back cover are made of plywood. Fitting I suppose. Certainly interesting you your bookshelf.

Inside, the book is divided into three main sections.

The first is a history and description of the uses to which bent plywood has been put to in the past. Surprisingly the first patents on plywood go back to 1895, just about the time that the steam engine was becoming powerful enough to spin a log against a slicing knife. Continuing the history through World War II talks about (and shows pictures of) plywood airplanes.

The middle section is on the production of the plywood furniture, it starts with the bare logs and how they are cut into veneer and finally put into bent-ply furniture. It talks about a bent ply desk designed by Mr. Pfeiffer. This desk has veneer made in Latvia, the assembly of the desk is in Italy, and it is produced for the American market.

The last section of the book shows a wide selection of furniture articles, illustrating what can be done with bent ply.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x957784e0) out of 5 stars bent plywood process described 13 Mar. 2007
By Patrick Doran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
bent ply by dung ngo and eric pfieffer takes an in depth look at the forming of plywood from it's early stages at the turn of the century up through the mass-production techniques of today. the authors have compiled detailed information on everything from how plywood veneers are made to the construction of molds for forming. the end of the book contains a wide variety of examples of bent ply furniture. the book even comes bound in plywood! a must for anyone with curiosity about forming plywood.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x957860e4) out of 5 stars Cool book 27 April 2011
By Matisse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some new info on laminated wood furniture. The best part is the cover, which is why I bought it, which is of course made out of plywood. Cool book. Part of my Cool Book collection.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95ddf528) out of 5 stars THE BEST ON PLYWOOD 24 July 2005
By Beatrice Izzey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This tome does justice to plywood and all its possibilities, and its contributions to date to modern and modernist life. Great rare history of industrialized wood (bentwood too). A must read for modern furniture fans.
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