Material for Making: Healthy Plywood 101

Among our many obsessions, plywood is high on the list. It is an endlessly useful, accessible, great-looking material for making. Dig, for example, these chairs designed in the 1930’s by Ko Verzuu, with their odd, simple lines and bright colors.* Plywood was the material Le Corbusier used in his tiny, austere cabin-retreat in the South of France. The problem with modern plywood is that glues that bond the thin sheets of wood veneer together often contain formaldehyde,

a possible carcinogen and definite allergen to some people. How to source healthy plywood?

plywood Ko Verzuu, Chair, 1934

Christine Chang Hanway at Remodelista recently did a great primer to help you navigate.

plywood Le Corbusier's cabin

Want more inspiration? Check out our trove of plywood posts here.

*Since Verzuu was known for his innovative wooden toys, we’re not sure from the scale if these chairs are toy-size or full-size. No matter. They are fab.

—Thanks Maria, for reminding us of Le Corbusier’s Cabane; Verzuu images via aqqindex


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