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How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bent Plywood

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by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: January, 2005
Bend Me, Shape Me, Anyway You Want Me

Pretty much we're hopeless suckers for bent plywood. It's most likely because we're useless with our hands. My bending legacy amounts to one poorly, asymmetrically formed letter rack. Perspex, 1974, completed moments before being forcibly transferred from plastic design to cooking following a worrying incident of furniture reshaping on my part. With a hammer.

So, when the UPS truck pulled up with an array of new items from Minneapolis Modernists Blu Dot, as you can imagine, our excitement was tempered by the recognition that the best we can hope to do with bent plywood will be to sit on it. Or in this instance, with Blu Dot's new Barbarella and Ripple tables, set the scrabble board on it.

The Barbarella (above, left) is irresistible.In walnut or rift-sawn white oak, with a powder coated steel base, its beauty is timeless. The Ripple (above, right) combines a calm surface with a curvaceous underbody. The curves create openings for an ingenious magnetic leg attachment, buried inside, which allows the legs to be easily attached by the consumer, and eliminates the need for extraneous joinery. Ripple will come in a square and rectangular coffee table as well as a side table.

Blu Dot are perhaps best known for the best-selling Buttercup chair (top), probably one of the few un-upholstered chairs you're going to be able to sit your ass down on for any length of time. "Upholstery is not our realm," Blu Dot designer John Christakos mused following the introduction of the molded-plywood Buttercup lounge chair.

We're also big fans of the Chicago8 Box Wall Unit (above), which is part of Blu Dots shelving collections. If you've gotta have shelves, and apparently we must, these are the ultimate.../p>

Check out the fun blu dot website www.bludot.com to see their entire collection, place an order, or find a retailer near you.

They also have a natty line of t-shirts and tape measures.

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