Recycling and eco-friendly designs are important for us to save the planet, and when they are stylish and eye-catchy, it’s even cooler!
Belgian designer Charlotte Jonckheer has created two side tables with stone tops supported by curved recycled paper and stone dust legs. The two side tables are named Chaud, which is also the name that Jonckheer has given to the paper and stone composite material she developed to make them with.
Chaud is a handmade material, created by pressing together recycled paper pulp and stone dust. While the sheets of the composite are still wet, they can be configured into any shape using a mold. As it dries in the air, the material takes on a dappled texture and a pale, stone-like aesthetic. The chaud material is flexible and strong, able to hold the weight of the stone as well as provide stability to the whole piece. The variety in the recycled material’s color and texture means that any object made from it has its own signature look and feel.
The tabletops and horseshoe-shaped bottoms are made stone, while the curved body of the table is made from chaud. Sustainability is an important element of the design process, and the paper for the project was made of salvaged offcuts from local print shops and its untreated nature makes it fully recyclable.