Bent Ply

Bent Ply

Princeton Architectural Press, New York, New York, 2003

Description

Plywood is arguably the most modern design artifact: it is a material born of natural wood and formed by vigorous industrial processes that can assume the most organic of shapes through bending, laminating, and molding. Plywood truly fulfills that most modern of dreams: bridging the gap between technology and nature.

Bent Ply is the first book devoted to plywood in modern design. The book consists of two parts: the first, an illustrated history of plywood (tracing its origins to ancient Egypt, circa 2900 BC); the second, an annotated journal of the making of a piece of bent plywood furniture, from the forest to the showroom.

We were determined to make this book an object in itself. Its form truly follows its function.

Juror Notes

“The tactile experience of the plywood cover gives a sense of what the materials reviewed in the book are about; their weight, surface, and colors.”  Jack Woody 

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2003
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Princeton Architectural Press
Jacket designer
Deb Wood
Production director
Janet Behning
Authors
Dung Ngo, Eric Pfeiffer
Editor
Jennifer N. Thompson
Publisher
Princeton Architectural Press
Trim size
7.25 x 10”
Pages
160
Quantity printed
8,000
Typefaces
Bulmer MT, Conduit ITC, Egyptian 710BT, Found, Univers Condensed
Jacket printer
Asia Pacific Offset
Paper
140 gsm Japanese matte
Book type
Image driven
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