A New Canadian Wood Product Does More With Less

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 19th, 2011

We’ve often heard the old adage that there is strength in numbers. But in the case of a new wood product from Canada, we’ve discovered that less really is more.

Corelamâ„¢ is a unique wood product that uses less material to deliver equal (or greater) strength than typical plywood products of the same dimensions. The added stability comes from corrugation, which has been used for over a hundred years with metal and plastic, but has yet to be successfully applied to wood. Until now.

Its undulating form is the result of research and development by Christian Blyt, a Canadian industrial designer and professor at Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Art + Design. It grew from a concept he first explored while pursuing his graduate degree in Finland. He wanted to do something interesting with the most common of building materials: plywood. He was curious to find out if wood could be corrugated so he made a little press to test out his ideas. By his own admission, the first attempts were failures and he threw the results in a trash bin. Luckily, a jewelry designer asked if she could try to make something with the salvaged pieces. The pendants and earrings she created enabled Christian to imagine the potential for a strong and beautiful material.

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