Designers Who Worked In Plywood

It’s not every day that a drop tank from a 1942 De Havilland Mosquito aeroplane is brought into an art museum’s conservation studio, but that is precisely what conservators at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) were confronted with in the run-up to the institution’s major exhibition on plywood—a material that is as versatile as it is ubiquitous. The show, which has just opened, charts the rise of this humble material from the 1850s to today and features an eclectic group of objects including surfboards, a Charles and Ray Eames chair, a build-it-yourself WikiHouse and a Mirror dinghy.

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