Despite compassing each exhibit, plywood’s development through the years was incremental, the display arrangement was to exhibit the evolution of plywood and its different uses. Chairs and furniture are the things that you are expected to see, but there were great moments such as the “car, cut-away to show construction, designed in 1937 by Bertrand Goldberg”, the red part of the cutaway was made from plywood as due to its emphasis properties, it was easy to repair and quieter on the road due to better suspension. An unexpected pleasure was the immaculate surfboard in the 1960s which was the first ever surf and skateboards. But my favorite is the Mirror Dinghy that was hanging and match colorfully above with the walls, enhancing the role of plywood in boat-building.
However, there were moments of nostalgia such the pieces from modernist architects such as Alvar Aalto and Ray Eames. There was an assemblage of Marcel Breuer and Alvar Aalto pieces, and later a selection of chairs from the 1940s that were displayed alongside their famous DCM chair and US Navy’s leg splint by Charles and Ray Eames in 1945. Later, the Japanese experience of Plywood during the war such as the Sori Yanagi’s butterfly stool from 1954. Of course, these reinventions of plywood’s modernism were used for the needs but attractive on its own. The way they were displayed was effective as it’s telling. What I mean is that although it’s the only one moment where the space provided was sufficient and used effectively to understand a story were tease out and where my eyes were reluctant to leave as the aesthetics were firmly situated on front.
The quality of each individual exhibits is where the exhibition falls as it was too overwhelming. The projects mentioned above was difficult to be understood and was confusing. How was it able to explain and understand all the projects that were mentioned above? And of course, about the professionalism, all in a single room? Plywood’s biggest hits were frenetic and eclectic as it was a struggle to connect each piece of work to each other. It was annoying as each individual pieces were amazing and intriguing but were fully not exploited as I feel that there was a huge potential engagement that could have been done but instead Plywood was quickly proffered.