Blog/Five Iconic Designs From Isokon Plus

Isokon Plus Donkey 3, Penguin Donkey Mark 2 and Penguin Donkey. Photograph by Rory Gardiner


Isokon Plus was founded in 1931 and has been creating plywood classics since the launch of the first Isokon furniture design in 1936. Self proclaimed makers and collaborators, the Isokon team works with designers and architects to craft innovative and unique plywood designs, as part of a truly collaborative operation. Based in London, the team also creates each piece by hand in their Hackney workshop.

We spotted a trend for plywood in Warehouse Home Issue Two. Its warmth, texture and sustainability make it a firm favourite with designers. And though it may look light as a feather, it is strong and durable. As such, it’s a particularly good choice for industrial schemes - as each of these images demonstrates.

You’ll probably recognise this beautiful home to the left; a former toy factory in east London which has been converted into a striking live-work space for a successful photographer by architect Sadie Snell. We were so struck by the space that we featured it on the cover of the Warehouse Home book. The Isokon Plus Home Dining Table looks perfectly at home against the soft tones of the plaster walls and under the oversized industrial lights.

Isokon Plus pieces are all timeless and classic, and the evolution of the brand’s work with plywood demonstrates the material’s enduring popularity. With eight decades of experience, Isokon Plus has created pieces that stand the test of time; from the Long Chair (below), designed in 1936, to the immediately recognisable Penguin Donkey (above) and more recent forms such as the Bodleian Libraries Chair (below). Above and below, we have featured our selection of five iconic Isokon Plus designs.

Lifestyle image photography by Rory Gardiner.

Bodleian Libraries Chair on white background image photography by Gyorgy Korossy.

Isokon Plus Isokon Long Chair. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.


Isokon Plus Bodleain Libraries Chairs. Left photograph by Rory Gardiner. Right photograph by Gyorgy Korossy.


Isokon Plus Loop Coffee Table. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.