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