Cardboard and paper are mostly used as packagings for product delivery. They associates with transportation and protection. As we all know, most of the cardboards and papers ended up as rubbish and be recycled.
Zach Rotholz, the founder of Chairigami, said that cardboard is material that is forgiving and strong, so he created a flat-packing and modular furniture system for his college friends who were constantly on the move.
Cardboard and paper are not expensive, recyclable, lightweight, and therefore it is easy to move. So here I list five furnitures made of cardboards and papers:…
Cloud Mast is a paper cloud lamp and sculptural mechanical mobile, cloud mast balances earth and air. It was shown in Imm 2020 Cologne with aluminum textile softwall + softblock. The cloud mast is crowned by a boom that supports a luminous canopy of clouds and a dangling fishing weight. As air currents shift, the clouds rise and fall like ships floating on gentle seas. The weight responds to each change, locked in a perpetual search for equilibrium. This natural rhythm creates an enthralling visual, and the comforting sense of lounging under a tree. When illuminated, LEDs cast soft glow through the textile honeycomb shades of the paper cloud lamp. Molo Design is known with its textile and paper materials for softwalls, lighting, and furnitures. All design by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen.
Chairigami is the cardboard furniture for the urban nomad. In a small New Haven Storefront, Zach Rotholz opened the first Chairigami store, part furniture lab and part cardboard atelier. Through codesign with the community and iterative prototyping, a simple cardboard furniture system grew into a complete line of furniture. The material base used is triple wall cardboard, a three-ply corrugated board designed to be super strong and lighweight, made exclusively from fiber that is certfied by the Sustainable Forestry Iniative. It’s 100% recyclable and all made in USA.
Paper Pleats or Let’s Get Wrinkles is minimalist and recyclable furniture collection from paper and rice glue. Taiwanese designer Pao Hui Kao was allergic to some pigments and coatings used in household furnishings, she decided to use natural materials to harden the paper. “Water is usually not welcome in the world of paper. I realized, however, that when water is absorbed by paper, it brings power to the inner structure,” she said.
However, I am very fascinated by the tiny movement within shrinking paper. Wrinkles unleash paper’s capability of styling and shaping. It turns an ordinary piece of paper into a material with extraordinary capabilities and unique aesthetics.
The recycable cardboard beds is one of the five sustainability plan themes presented by Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, who decided to “reuse or recycle 99% of procured items and goods”, also includes the mattress, and the medals, which will be made of gold, silver, and bronze harvested from small electronics, like phones. “The cardboard bed frames can stand up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds) and they are stronger than wooden beds” explained Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Athletes Village. After the games, the beds and mattresses will be recycled into other paper and plastic products. The recycable bed and the mattress are sponsored by Airwave inc.
Serif + Sero coffee tables, made completely from upcycled cardboard packaging, a modular and stackable coffee table. The set is available in either square or circular forms offering options of a simple or more challenging assembly.
This project aims to promote upcycling in the manufacturing industry and allow users to contribute to a circular economy, one household at a time.
Source: Minimalism to the extreme: Olympic athletes will sleep on cardboard beds — Cardboard bed frames for Tokyo Olympic athletes — CLOUD MAST by molo — Cloud Mast specification — cloud softlight pendant by molo — About Chairigami — Pao Hui Kao makes furniture collection from tracing paper — Paper & Water of Pao Hui Kao — SODO – SOPA designs furniture set made entirely from upcycled cardboard.