Solutions: plywood kitchens

March 8, 2017 / DECORATING, Solutions / 0 Comments
"I wanted this house to be modern, so the walls are clad with panels of pine plywood of the best quality," says architect Flemming Skude of his holiday home on the Danish island of Lolland. House first featured in the February 2017 'Trends' edition of ELLE Decoration. Photographer Mikkel Adsbol/House of Pictures

How to… use plywood in the kitchen

 

Previously hidden in the fabric of our interiors, this beautiful basic is now a statement surface in its own right. Here’s our five favourite ways to use it in the kitchen…

 

1 For units of great textural appeal Plywood has been overlooked for a long time as a material worthy of adulation because we too-readily associate it with boxing-in and flooring underlay, but handled well, it has a supremely-modern aesthetic all of it’s own, especially the stripy, edge-of-sheet detailing that’s a result of seeing the individual wood layers.

This light, bright and airy kitchen in plywood was custom designed by Made Architects. FOr more details see ELLE Decoration Kichens Volume 2. Link at end of post.

This light, bright and airy kitchen in plywood was custom designed by Made Architects. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kichens Volume 2. Link at end of post.

 

2 For walls and surrounds And because it’s naturally water-resistant, it’s also perfect for wall-cladding, with no need to conceal it, or overlay with another finish. And if you’re not keen on the pale tones of natural ply, then there are many varnishes or lacquers available on the market that can stain it anything from mahogany to deep teak at the same time as they add the required protective seal. See our Insider Guide: plywood for more details.

The Triangular Villa Architect Leo Qvarsebo's beautiful summerhouse in the woodlands of Dalarna in central Sweden had a simple brief: make the most of the picturesque setting. Thus, large windows frame stunning views and birch plywood was chosen for the interior as its light colour looks perfect in the summer sun. It is complemented by touches of green and blue, which bring to mind the surrounding fields and skies. Photography: Åke E:son Lindman

The Triangular Villa Architect Leo Qvarsebo’s beautiful summerhouse in the woodlands of Dalarna in central Sweden had a simple brief: make the most of the picturesque setting. Thus, large windows frame stunning views and birch plywood was chosen for the interior as its light colour looks perfect in the summer sun. It is complemented by touches of green and blue, which bring to mind the surrounding fields and skies. Photography: Åke E:son Lindman

 

3 For entire shelving systems Much too can be made of the natural grain. Whether you choose to match panels, or go free-style, which seems more appropriate for this beautiful basic.

This plywood island unit and shelves were made by Beatty Vermeiren Architects for a house in South Africa. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1. Link at end of post.

This plywood island unit and shelves were made by Beatty Vermeiren Architects for a house in South Africa. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1. Link at end of post.

 

4 Combined with crisp white Plywood can feel super luxe and modern despite its affordability. The trick is in working with it’s inherent simplicity; it suits a no-frills, but quality-crafted approach. In other words, the simpler the material, the more important the finish.

This kitchen was designed by Tribe Studio. The work surfaces are clad in formica to give it a very polished finish. Photograph: Jason Busch

This kitchen was designed by Tribe Studio. The work surfaces are clad in formica to give it a very polished finish. Photograph: Jason Busch

 

5 But it can also add a real richness all of its own. This kitchen has been designed using pine ply, rather than birch, so it has a deeper tone and a more prominent grain that needs no additional artifice. It’s definitely worth discussing with your builder or architect the different effects possible with different woods, after all, plywood can be made from any type of wood!

"I wanted this house to be modern, so the walls are clad with panels of pine plywood of the best quality," says architect Flemming Skude of his holiday home on the Danish island of Lolland. House first featured in the February 2017 'Trends' edition of ELLE Decoration. Photographer Mikkel Adsbol/House of Pictures

“I wanted this house to be modern, so the walls are clad with panels of pine plywood of the best quality,” says architect Flemming Skude of his holiday home on the Danish island of Lolland. House first featured in the February 2017 ‘Trends’ edition of ELLE Decoration. Photographer Mikkel Adsbol/House of Pictures

"I wanted this house to be modern, so the walls are clad with panels of pine plywood of the best quality," says architect Flemming Skude of his holiday home on the Danish island of Lolland. House first featured in the February 2017 'Trends' edition of ELLE Decoration. Photographer Mikkel Adsbol/House of Pictures

 

For more inspirational ways to use plywood, see Insider Guide: plywood

 

And for even more ideas on all things kitchens download a digital edition of ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1 for just £2.99 via the ELLE Decoration app. Not forgetting ELLE Decoration Bathrooms Volume 1, also available for download via the ELLE Decoration app. Price £2.99.

And… from 2 March to 5 April 2017 ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2 is available absolutely FREE with the April “Decorating” edition of ELLE Decoration, on sale at all good UK newsagents.

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