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Plywood

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

15 Jul - 12 Nov 2017

From the fastest aeroplane of WWII, the de Havilland Mosquito, to the downloadable self-assembly WikiHouse, more than 120 objects will be brought together in an exploration of how this often overlooked material has helped create the modern world. Used to construct everything from a tube to house an experimental elevated railway in 1867 New York to hatboxes, surfboards and skateboards, plywood has been embraced by designers, architects and engineers. This exhibition explores the near-ubiquitous material’s global impact and history from the 1850s to the present day. Coupling objects drawn from the V&A’s world class furniture, design and architecture collections with significant loans from across the globe. Find out more about the ‘Plywood’ exhibition from the V&A’s website.

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Moulded plywood chair (1963), Grete Jalk. © The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Moulded plywood chair (1963), Grete Jalk. © The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Finnish Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair, designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto. © Alvar Aalto Museum

Finnish Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto © Alvar Aalto Museum

Armchair (1930), designed by Alvar Aalto. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Armchair (1930), designed by Alvar Aalto. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ice skating shelters (2012), designed by Patkau Architects. © Patkau Architects

Ice skating shelters (2012), designed by Patkau Architects. © Patkau Architects

Plywood tea chests. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Plywood tea chests. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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