I’m always fascinated by people making the most of the materials at hand, also coming up with unusual and experimental ways to explore them. I think that’s why I was drawn to these superb objects designed by Japanese design studios Drill and Fullswing. Plywood Laboratory is a product brand launched in 2016 by plywood manufacturer Takizawa Plywood, founded in Hokkaido in 1936. The two studios got together to collaborate with the manufacturer, designing functional goods for the home that harness this material and show the true versatility of it.
The project began in 2009 when Takizawa Plywood encountered Drill Design and Fullswing, both of which were researching into plywoods and how they could sandwich them together to create functional pieces of design. This led to the development of Paper-Wood, a design created by laminating colourful recycled paper and wood grown in Hokkaido, Japan.
For me it’s interesting that they are transforming the image of this material, which is often seen as cheap and throw-away. Not only have they made them functional and useful in everyday scenarios, they’re also quirky, characterful and aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Plywood Laboratory as a brand is fairly new, so it will be interesting to see what else they have in store in the near future. Here’s a small selection from their website, I hope to enjoy viewing them.