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Looking back at midcentury modernism, bent-ply furniture (short for bent plywood) characterized much of the era's iconic imagery. Looking now at contemporary modernism, we predict that bent-steel will be doing the same for this era's innovative design. Why? Because like bent-ply, bent-steel is very efficient in terms of material usage. Resource efficiency is particularly important today because we understand that there are finite limits to our raw materials. Bent-steel is appealing because, when it is 'folded' into place by the end user, items can be transported flat and reduce on shipping fuel used. As a pure material (vs. composites containing adhesives), steel can also be fully recycled, and likely will be at the end of a product's lifespan. Green designers such as mio are coming up with some innovative designs, like this origami table and bent-metal lighting fixtures, all priced affordably at under $200. Available at re:modern.