Taking care of our nature and environment is very important, and if you are ready for green solutions, consider cardboard décor and furniture. Cardboard furniture is a very eco-friendly idea: it’s recyclable, it’s space-saving because you can pack it and hide. It’s also a nice idea for modern nomads because you can pack such items and take them with you. Think that cardboard can’t be stylish? Let me show you the coolest and most stylish items that will blow your mind!
Cardboard furniture has reached the advent of sinuous shapes and complex silhouettes, innovative pieces and playful forms, and you can see the development of the material in the new furniture collection designed by Roberto Giamucci for Kubedesign. Rectangular shelves edged in black look sleek and modern, almost camouflaging their construction material, while other pieces in the collection such as the armchair use pops of red to contrast with the cardboard.
Korean design studio PESI collaborates with a local cardboard manufacturing company to create Lumber, a colorful self-assembly side table collection using simple processed cardboards and ready-made PVC rivets. The collection consists of six various types of side tables with different dimensions where different colors and patterns can be freely printed on its surface.
Each flat-packed, home-delivered Karton paper stack folds to reveal an impossibly strong, exceptionally handsome and conveniently cheap way to sleep, sit, store or live. A clever system of folds and tabs makes assembly a cinch with no tools or glue required. The result is stunningly simple cardboard furniture you can live with; equal parts brute strongman and lightweight drifter.
Made using only recycled cardboard and free of any additional materials like hardware and glue, the Spiral Stool is a both stylish and sustainable. Each seat combines eight sheets of cardboard, which are folded and bent at different angles, giving the finished product a faceted quality. Because of its specific construction, each stool can withstand a weight of up to 220 pounds, and the material affords creative license to paint and decorate it to accommodate any interior setting.
Refold by Fraser Callaway, Oliver Ward, and Matt Innes is a cardboard standing desk that facilitates the present-day workflow by allowing flexibility and aiding collaboration. It enables teams to assemble unique environments in a matter of minutes and adapt it to their needs. It allows you to focus on tasks when and where you want. The potential applications for these constructs are endless.
The Urban Tree coat hanger design by Gerardo Belmonte stands on six legs that are machine cut from 90% recycled corrugated cardboard. With multiple layers of thick cardboard, each piece is easily assembled, very strong and can be assembled without screws, nails, or adhesives. Beside this, each Urban Tree is painted with eco-friendly UV printing in a wide range of colors.
Our Paper Life by Geoff Christou and Chris Porteous is a line of low-cost furniture that is constructed out of 95% post-consumer recycled cardboard. The pieces have been conceived to meet a very affordable price and require no tools or glue to assemble together. The line offers a free-standing shelf unit and desk model that have been respectively tested to hold 138 and 160 pounds of mass. Free of formaldehyde or VOC’s, the pieces stick to a cradle-to-cradle system and are curbside recyclable at the end of their use.
Showroom Finland’s new ‘Kasaa’ shelf and ‘Kenno’ chair are made of a new kind of recycled cardboard. The sturdy yet lightweight material can be re-recycled as paper; water- based adhesives are used to create its sandwich construction. The material has an appealing feel of warmth and lightness, and it is durable and versatile.
The Kids Imagination desk and chair is the first launch from new eco-friendly children’s furniture company The Cardboard Guys. After learning about the 9.8 million tons of furniture that ends up in the US waste stream each year, the trio founded their studio, The Cardboard Guys, and set about designing their line of unique structural furniture that can snap together easily, can withstand an incredible amount of weight, and is 100% recyclable.
Stackable display shelves aren’t exactly a new idea. Brix’s clever design and sustainable material, however, should make it a highly-attractive option for folks looking to add modular storage furniture anywhere in the house. Made by Honeytree Design, the shelves use rectangular modules with nubby edges that can interlock, ensuring they won’t be easy to move out of place once stacked together.