Plywood as design feature

A new natural touch
Plywood as design feature

Plywood as part of RUCK’s new practice design for chairs, stools, and other furniture is a material with a refreshing effect on the usually sober ambience of practices and adds a natural touch to it. For decades now, plywood is the basis of timeless Scandinavian furniture design. Your practice can now profit from this unique aesthetic, too!

We found a renowned specialist of this specific production technique, BECKER in Brakel/Germany, who not only guarantees maximum manufacturing quality but also impresses with its focus on sustainability.

BECKER is located in Germany’s “Weserbergland”; the world’s largest beech growing region. Up to 20,000 cubic metres of timber are manufactured here per annum. Why use beech in particular? It is a unique raw material of eternal flexibility, enormous traction and stiffness, as well as deformability.

Beech timber is harvested at the age of 120. For more than 300 years now, Germany’s forests are managed sustainably. Therefore, the amount of wood harvested never exceeds the quantity of renewable wood. BECKER has a "Chain of Custody" certificate and is certified by PEFC (DC COC0255/05). This ensures the use of wood from sustainable cultivation only. Practically, BECKER’s purchasing regions are at its doorstep. These are North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, and Hesse, in particular.

For more than 80 years, this company stands for highest precision and know-how in woodworking. It is not surprising that many reputable furniture designers enjoy working with BECKER.


From the trunk to the finished product
In the winter, beech trunks from the surrounding forests are delivered, stored, and constantly irrigated in order to maintain a high quality standard. In special fixtures, the trunks are preserved with water vapour to achieve supple timber and stable colouring. As per order, the trunks are cut to length and debarked. With the help of a special machine system, the trunk segments are mechanically cut to thin veneer strips (0.8 - 2.5mm). Flaws are automatically eliminated in the process. The wet veneer strips are dried at 180° C and then quality graded. Afterwards, the veneer is cut to size, glued on both sides, put together, and grouted. The resulting veneer packets are deformed and grouted three-dimensionally with heat and high pressure (300 tons). Finishing is done with high-precision CNC machines; milling, drilling, grinding, and sawing.

What is the difference between laminated wood and plywood?
For laminated wood, the veneers are arranged and glued in the same fibre direction. This results in high tensile strength - perfect for rails, armrests, and side elements of cantilever chairs. For plywood, the veneers are put together crosswise. This gives flat elements high dimensional stability, e.g. for seats, backrests, and seat shells.

So, why beech wood in particular?
Firstly, because beech timber is tough, flexible, and versatile with respect to its processing and deforming options. And secondly, because it offers very good value for money.


For RUCK, the considerate handling of natural resources always has been and remains to date an important factor of its company policy. BECKER proved to be a partner who provides excellent performance and top range technical solutions. What’s more, we are on the same wavelength when developing innovative solutions. RUCK’s “new naturalness” has found it’s perfect subcontractor!

Formholz als Gestaltungselement | RUCK PRAXISKONZEPT

Formholz als Gestaltungselement | RUCK PRAXISKONZEPT