Is it any surprise that one of the oldest materials known to man—humble wood—was responsible for some of our highest-trafficked posts this year? Everyone from caveman industrial designers to modern-day architects to students love working the stuff.
Speaking of bad-ass, this video of Steinway & Sons utilizing bentwood production methods on a massive scale to create their gorgeous pianos drew heavy traffic.
The real treat of the year was that we got to hear from two writers on some of the basic facts about wood—important information that they never taught us in design school. First off our new Materials writer, Scientific American's Christie Nicholson, schooled us with a three-part series on the different ways wood is cut into boards, important knowledge for furniture builders and designers.