Hokkaido-based lumber processor Takizawa Veneer manufactures plywood so pretty, it'd be a shame to edge-band it. First off, each layer is "checked and refinished individually, to guarantee there are no pores or other defects," the company writes.
On top of that, they've developed a system of incorporating recycled colored paper, yielding an eye-popping effect for their Paper-Wood line:
Paper-Wood was developed in a collaboration with design firm Drill Design and furniture company Full Swing.
In addition to what you see here, you can check out the company's Plywood Laboratory account on Instagram to see other cool stuff they've made with it.
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skateboarders who were around in the late 80's might recall "Bonite," where Powell Peralta attempted to replace a few layers of the "Bones Brigade" plywood decks with a black paper-like material in order to lighten the board. it also weakened the board so much that sales stopped pretty quickly. but it looked so cool! as a hobbyist woodworker in my 40s now, i would love to get my hands on this new and improved version of it.
on a different note, does anyone know if the Eame's style chairs were to thank for the molded plywood skateboards we know and love today?
Love, love, love this. Do you know if there are any US distributors for this plywood? I reached out to them but have not heard back.