GOING WITH THE GRAIN: design an object using sustainable wood

Competition Details

Tab Shelving

by Neil Meredith

Plywood–typically understood in terms of veneers or finished face materials–instead rely on stacked layers of substrate material to give a finished sheet its strength and heft. Turning this relationship around, can plywood’s thickness be exploited as a source of material beauty and structural connection?

Tab Shelving creates a system that efficiently utilizes an entire sheet of plywood and can also be assembled (or tabbed together) without the use of any glues or hardware, revealing the material’s inherent grain and structure.

Connection Detail
Friction-held tab joints expose the end grain.

Requires no glues or hardware

Material Efficiency
Only 9.45% waste per plywood sheet (including sawdust)