Ten sleek plywood interiors that give the material a luxurious upgrade
For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up ten projects from the Dezeen Archives that make innovative use of plywood, transforming the humble material into a stylish interior design element.
Plywood, an engineered material made from layers of thin wood veneers that have been glued together, is often used in structural applications.
In these ten projects, plywood has been left exposed or even added to the designs to create surprisingly luxurious examples of how the material can be used to create warm and welcoming interiors.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration to designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include marble bathrooms, Japandi interiors, cozy bedrooms, and mid-century modern interiors.
Wood Ribbon Apartment, France, by Toledano + Architects
The Wood Ribbon Apartment in Paris, located in a classic Haussmannian residential building, features a sinuous plywood wall that winds through the apartment.
The wall, made by an off-site carpenter and assembled on-site, divides the apartment into three areas: a living room, a master bedroom and a bedroom for the child. In the living room and the kitchen, integrated shelves allow you to store the owners’ belongings.
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Villa Vassdal, Sweden, by Studio Holmberg
In this pine-clad Swedish summer house on the country’s west coast, the minimalist plywood interior adds to a feeling of relaxation – and helps to highlight the spectacular surrounding scenery.
The walls and ceilings inside the house were covered with birch plywood, which studio founder Mathias Holmberg told Dezeen “provides a warmth inside that contrasts and connects with the raw cliffs at outside “.
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Pocket House, UK, by Tikari Works
Pocket House has been squeezed into a space that previously contained a garage in South London with all available space to be used. In her kitchen, a compact but beautiful plywood kitchen sits against a wall.
This was done by the furniture maker Uncommon projects, which specializes in bespoke plywood kitchens and furniture, and features sliding doors and clever cutouts to save space rather than handles for a striking clean design.
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The Queen of Catford, UK, by Tsuruta Architects
Cats cover many areas of the Queen of Catford House in Catford, South London. In the plywood kitchen, a pattern of cat heads with pointed ears decorates the kitchen cabinets.
CNC cut plywood was used for the kitchen cabinets, cupboards, furniture, light fixtures and stairs, giving the house an unusual design character. Upstairs, a plywood bed sits in front of large windows with views of the brutalist Catford Center.
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Apartment in Seattle, United States, by GoCStudio
A dark box houses the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom of this Seattle apartment that doubles as a photography studio. Coated with stained plywood, the box also has an attic level accessed through a side door and used for storage and utilities.
The dark color creates a more stylish interior than the raw plywood would have and has been matched with dark wood furniture.
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Peak District Cuisine, United Kingdom, by From Works
The unusual color of this green stained plywood kitchen was chosen to evoke a moss-colored rock found in the neighboring Peak District in the north of England and shows how stained plywood can be used to create decorative interiors with a feeling of finish.
The handmade kitchen consists of a beech kitchen island and a series of green stained plywood wall units, as well as local limestone worktops.
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Rock Creek House, USA, by NADAAA
Layers of laminated plywood make up a large part of the interior of Rock Creek House, designed by NADAAA in Washington DC. The studio oriented the grain of the plywood layers in a north-south direction, which it says allows more light to permeate the spaces from the south without interruption.
On the staircase, open plywood banisters create a sculptural intervention in the space while allowing light to travel between floors of the multi-story home.
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Barbican Dancer’s Studio, UK, by Intervention Architecture
This adaptable apartment in London’s iconic brutalist Barbican building was designed to transform into a dance studio.
Its tenant can adjust the versatile plywood furniture in the middle of the room to create multiple configurations, including using it as a bed or as a seating area. A flat table can also be inserted and pieces can be removed when space is needed for dancing practice.
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Brexit Bunker, UK, by Rise Design Studio
Built in 2019 as “a sanctuary of the British political climate dominated by Brexit”, the Brexit Bunker in London is a weathered steel clad extension that functions as a small studio.
Rise Design Studio used plywood throughout the interior of the small space to create a warm and bright room.
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U-Shape Room, China, by Atelier Tao + C
Atelier Tao + C added a plywood box that contains the sleeping, study and bath spaces of this unusually shaped Shanghai apartment.
The multi-functional wood volume is made of maple plywood and spans two levels, with the bedroom and an office on the second floor. Downstairs, the studio has also added a curved corner for reading or watching the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as built-in storage.
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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing visual inspiration curated from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring home bookcases, Shaker-style interiors, and marble bathrooms.