The plywood renaissance reached a new level this year. The cost and physical properties of these layered wood veneers mean it’s been a building industry staple for centuries but, more recently, its creative potential has also been celebrated. London’s V&A Museum even held an exhibition about plywood in 2017.

Though the boards nailed across shopfronts around the world as lockdown fell was not the high-grade hardwood plywood typically used for designer furniture, those barricades have arguably proved a more valuable resource.

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