When we first spotted NADAAA Architects' Bob Sidetable and Edna Desk, we thought ah, sure, we've seen plywood stacked to create solid forms before.
It gets a little more interesting with their Gomez Coffee Table, where the stacked sheets unexpectedly give birth to a flowing lower shelf:
"The idea of this table," writes the firm, "resides in combining and reconfiguring the paradoxical logics of butcher block construction with bent plywood technology to produce a new hybrid."
But the stacked plywood piece that really caught our eye is the killer Vero Dresser.
Sporting some 39 drawers, the monolithic object features a largely concealed aluminum frame. As a result, when you open one of the drawers along the edge of the piece, the drawer seems to float.
The intention of the design is to restrict the elements of the dresser to a bare minimum, relying on stacked plywood as the sole medium of construction and expression -- eliminating all material differentiation, structural framing, or accessories. The drawer pulls, for instance, are routed out of the stacked plywood drawers fronts in varied radii to enhance the appearance of thickness and depth. Conversely, the metal supports at the base are designed to dematerialize in diminutive proportions and reflective finishes.