Plytube by Seongyong Lee

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

Royal College of Art graduate Seongyong Lee has developed a process for making wooden tubes from veneer, which he uses to make lightweight furniture.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

Called Plytube, the project employs a process similar to that used in making cardboard tubes, with the laminates wrapped around and hardened with glue.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

Lee developed hollow joints transforming the material into a series of tables and stools.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

The Royal College of Art Show Two continues until 4 July.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

Here's some further information from Seongyong Lee:


Plytube is a new way of tubing wood using the similar principal of making paper tube but with some more process to harden the wooden tube which I made.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

As the principal seems obvious but haven't really been tried as real object, it has given me much more interest and enthusiasm for a year and half.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

Plytube is accurate wooden tube, very light but strong, long lasting as for the value of plywood and acceptable with all kinds of tooling and finishing for wood.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

If it is on manufacturing, the diameter, thickness, colour, type of wood and even the section of the shape will be able to be customized. Ultimately, it could also be used for architectural material as well as for life goods.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

I made some furniture series which should be light.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

You will see how light but strong the furniture which are made with minimal material could be.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

For instance, the weight of the stool is 820g even though it is a proper sized stool and with rigid structure.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee

Each furniture shows the good things of plytube such as the structural rigidity, new aesthetic of joints and finish for the stool, extremely strong things for the bench and the hollowness of the tube which is used for a mobile phone charger cable pathway for the small tables.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee
Plytube by Seongyong Lee
Plytube by Seongyong Lee
Plytube by Seongyong Lee

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