Beautifully simple corrugated plywood furniture is lightweight, strong & user-friendly (Video)

Studio Corelam
© Studio Corelam

Surrounded by an insecure job market and following opportunity wherever it may crop up, people can sometimes be like wage nomads, moving to different locations every few years, with some eschewing the conventional office job and going digital nomad altogether. Having to move every couple of years means that owning lighter and more mobile furniture can make the hassle more bearable.

This collection by Vancouver, British Columbia's Studio Corelam aims to lighten the load, using a patented material called Corelam, an ultra-thin, corrugated plywood that is strong, yet lightweight. According to the studio, less energy and only one-quarter of the amount of wood are used to manufacture a conventionally sized board of material, using a hydraulic press that forms it with 400 tons of pressure.

The technique was developed by Studio Corelam's founder, Christian Blyt, when he was studying at Finland's Aalto University, who was looking for a way to corrugate plywood to make it stronger and more appealing.


Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam

It all started in the nineties when the studio's founder, Christian Blyt, was studying at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, and wondered if it would be possible to corrugate plywood to give it more strength and greater aesthetic appeal. With a worldwide patent and international awards, production is now set in Vancouver with Studio Corelam in charge of coming up with solutions for this material by designing furniture and other products.

Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam
Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam

Tidal is this series of functional furniture that Studio Corelam has now come up with, that can be transported in a flat packed box that can be hand-carried, then easily assembled and later, disassembled and ready to be transported to its next home.

The collection features the high-capacity Lean-To shelf that can either be leaned against a wall, or with another Lean-To, put back-to-back to create a freestanding shelf. The shelf's strut pieces slide into each other, and are held in place by the shelves themselves, and further reinforced with fasteners.

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Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam
Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam

The Round-about is a multifunctional piece that can be a storage stool or side table, and has a reversible top that can be flipped to suit the moment: one side has felt and the other bare. The hole in the top is not only a finger hold but also part of its "integrated cable management" that allows you to feed a charging cable out (must be a hole elsewhere to connect that to an outlet). It comes in two heights.

Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam
Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam
Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam
Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam

The Capilano (apparently named after a Squamish leader who lived on Vancouver’s North Shore) is a coat rack that can double as a mini-shelf that is attached to the wall using a French cleat. One can attach more than one vertically or horizontally to make a functional wall unit for clothes and a selection of small items.

Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam
Studio Corelam© Studio Corelam

It's a compact collection that uses a neat material -- for more info, visit Studio Corelam or pre-order yours via Kickstarter.

[Via: Design Milk]

Tags: Furniture | Materials | Small Spaces | Vancouver

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