Trend: Plywood

Since seeing Juli Daoust and John Baker’s (owners of Mjölk in Toronto) plywood cottage in our June 2011 issue and on Online TV, plywood’s been all over my radar. Although the floor-to-ceiling look shown below is mighty eye-catching, I’d rather showcase it in a smaller fashion.

Here are some quirky ways to get into the plywood trend without committing to a wood-veneer-overhaul:

Plywood furniture and lighting are über-cool right now. The aesthetic is simple and minimalist, but most importantly, incredibly easy to make!

If the thought of mitre cuts and wood glue make you cringe, ask your local lumberyard to cut you a piece, and fit it as a headboard. Throw a few wooly blankets on your bed and you’ve achieved that cabin-cool look in your builder-basic condo. That was easy.

For additional texture, particle board does the trick. These cubbies scream “backyard shed!” but look perfect against the grittiness of this home’s exposed brick and knotty pine floor.

No more space for furniture, you say? Don’t fret — you can still be part of the cool clique with this plywood-print pillow by Swedish company How Are You.

For more trends, check out our January 2013 issue.

Photo credits:
1. Dwell magazine, photography by Simon Devitt, designed by Pattersons Architects
2. Wolfgang Behnken’s home from Elle Decor Italia, photography by Mark Seelen
3. Nachacht
4. Plank by Frida Ottemo Fröberg & Marie-Louise Gustafsson, Northern Lighting
5. Design Hunter
6. Plywood print canvas pillow from How Are You

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