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Creative unit Drill Design, along with furniture designers Full Swing, have, since 2007, been working on a prototype for a new kind of plywood. Two weeks ago they enthusiastically announced that Paper Wood, with the help of Takizawa Veneer, will become commercially available in 2010. Paralleling the announcement was a website that went live, which helps explain what this new material is all about.

Paper Wood is an ecologically sensitive material that is made from colorful recycled paper sandwiched by birch and lime wood. It’s unlike anything out there, states the company, in that its visual attractiveness negates the need for any coating or finishes.