People make furniture out of cardboard. It looks like this

People make furniture out of cardboard.  It looks like this

In London’s affluent Mayfair district, Fume Gallery – a contemporary design space – is showcasing a new collection of furniture. This would not be surprising if it were not for the incompatible material from which these chairs and tables are made – cardboard. Video above: Watch a woman make a cardboard coffee table “Box” It was designed by British furniture designer Max Lamb, and uses cardboard boxes that were accumulating in his studio. “I find it very difficult to get rid of things,” he said, sitting on one of his creations. He added that he finds beauty “in trash, or things that are already there and have already been thrown away.” Affordable furniture. While many designers are experimenting with this material to create exciting pieces, others are exploiting its potential as a seemingly sustainable option for furnishing your home. Cardboard boxes were cut, folded, assembled and layered, and the materials were also used to create layers of papier-mâché. What resulted is an interesting collection of furniture, which retains elements of the cardboard box aesthetic – cubist shapes and packaging logos – but develops them with unexpected sculptural moldings, textures and earthy paints. Although the materials were perceived as flimsy, the pieces were designed to withstand practical use. Its strength stems from the way Lamb built layers of corrugated cardboard—the most impact-resistant type—and used a glue-like mixture of wheat and water. Lamb’s new work fits into an ongoing story of cardboard furniture, with an iconic early example being Frank Gehry’s 1972 “Wave Side Chair,” part of the architect’s “Easy Edges” series that embraced the unexpected strength and sculptural potential of corrugated cardboard. Layers. As a student, Lamb was inspired by Jerry’s cardboard work, and later created a cardboard table in 2000 that he says his parents still use. Recently, another famous architect turned to this material for making furniture. Having used cardboard in innovative architectural projects, Shigeru Ban used it to create his collection “Karta” (1998-2015). Pan designed chairs, a bench, a chaise longue and a table with thin cardboard tubes treated with resin to make them waterproof, but combined with more traditional materials including birch plywood and glass. Since 2020, Berlin-based Ukrainian artist and designer Lilia Goldman Gobin has been working to strengthen distorted cardboard boxes using resin and fiberglass, transforming them into unusual chairs, tables and shelves. The ongoing “Karton” series began in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when Jubin turned to experimenting with creations that blur the lines between artistic and functional objects. “I wanted to add a new dimension to my art, something accessible that people could touch without needing permission,” he explained via email. Gobin has “fond memories” of playing with cardboard boxes as a child, and building imaginary houses. And cars. “The cardboard looks simple, but it is special,” he said. “Everyone had a cardboard box in their hands. Now, I wanted that same box to have a new purpose – to support us.” Jubin likes to describe the idea behind the project as: “What we once carried, can now carry us.” Each piece is unique; He uses his body weight to shape the boxes into different curly shapes. Although they look like shiny sculptures, the boxes work perfectly as benches or tables. “Even though it looks delicate, it is strong,” Gobin explained. “I wanted to make something that would surprise the observer.” Moving from the provocative to the practical, the Room in a Box brand – founded in 2013 – offers simple, modular cardboard furniture for purchase, described as affordable and good for the planet. Using high-quality corrugated cardboard, the German brand promises that its pieces – from bed bases to chairs and tables – can last up to 10 years. Room in a Box gained attention from posts on TikTok last year, with videos about the cardboard furniture now having more than 2.4 million views. The brand appeals to a young demographic on the go who needs lightweight, easy-to-move options, but doesn’t like the environmental impact of “fast furniture.” Co-founder Gerald Dessen told CNN via email that Room in a Box pieces are much more sustainable than furniture made from traditional materials, citing lower carbon footprints and lower energy consumption due to the recycled and recyclable nature of the materials, lightweight construction, and shape. Standard. But these qualities have also made cardboard a popular choice when it comes to emergency deployment of furniture, especially for refugees. In 2011, French designers NOCC, together with entrepreneur Julien Sylvain, created the Leaf Bed, a cardboard bed designed for use by people in refugee camps. Thanks to the simple design of pre-cut panels that ship with all the tools and parts needed for assembly, the camp bed is deployed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Smurfit Kappa, a cardboard manufacturer involved in paper bed production, also teamed up with Edinburgh Direct Aid in 2017 to send aid to refugee camps on the Lebanese-Syrian border in cardboard boxes that can be converted into emergency furniture. On a daily basis, cardboard is used as emergency shelter everywhere we look. “We see cardboard on the streets, and we see people using it as an insulating and protective material,” Lamb said, acknowledging that such use contradicts his work. “Here I am just making pieces of furniture for a gallery.” Although his works may be collectible design pieces (prices are only available upon request), he says the project is a critical reflection on being a “producer of things.” She hopes to showcase the “beauty and sustainability” of cardboard as a material. “It can be a permanent part of our lives,” he said. “We don’t have to get rid of things that are secondary to the things we buy or value more.”

In London’s affluent Mayfair district, Fume Gallery – a contemporary design space – is showcasing a new collection of furniture. This would not be surprising if it were not for the incompatible material from which these chairs and tables are made – cardboard.

Video above: Watch a woman make a cardboard coffee table

Designed by British furniture designer Max Lamb, “Box” uses cardboard boxes that he had accumulated in his studio. “I find it very difficult to get rid of things,” he said, sitting on one of his creations. He added that he finds beauty “in trash, or in things that are already there and have already been thrown away.”

Although it is one of the cheapest materials available, and is often thrown away, cardboard is increasingly being used to create high-end, affordable furniture. While many designers are experimenting with this material to craft exciting pieces, others are harnessing its potential as a seemingly sustainable option for furnishing your home.

Cardboard boxes were cut, folded, assembled and layered, and the materials were also used to create layers of papier-mache. What resulted is an interesting collection of furniture, which retains elements of the cardboard box aesthetic – cubist shapes and packaging logos – but develops them through unexpected sculptural moldings, textures and earthy paints.

Although the material is flimsy, the pieces are designed to withstand practical use. Its strength results from the way Lamb built layers of corrugated cardboard—the most impact-resistant type—and used a glue-like mixture of wheat and water.

Lamb’s new work fits into the ongoing story of cardboard furniture, a notable early example of which is Frank Gehry’s 1972 “Wobble Side Chair,” part of the architect’s “Easy Edges” series that embraced the unexpected strength and sculptural potential of cardboard Layered corrugated. . As a student, Lamb was inspired by Jerry’s cardboard work, and later created a cardboard table in 2000 that he says his parents still use.

More recently, another famous architect turned to the material for making furniture. Having used cardboard in innovative architectural projects, Shigeru Ban used it to create his collection “Karta” (1998-2015). Pan designed chairs, a bench, a chaise longue and a table with thin cardboard tubes treated with resin to make them waterproof, but combined with more traditional materials including birch plywood and glass.

Since 2020, Berlin-based Ukrainian artist and designer Lilia Goldman Gubin has been strengthening warped cardboard boxes with resin and fiberglass, transforming them into extraordinary chairs, tables and shelves. The ongoing “Karton” series began in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when Jubin turned to experimenting with creations that blur the lines between artistic and functional objects. “I wanted to add a new dimension to my art, something that was accessible and that people could touch without needing permission,” he explained via email.

Penguin Egg Thomas Joseph Wright / Courtesy of Fumi Gallery

Furniture made from cardboard, like these pieces by Max Lamb, have a “continuing story.” Designers including Frank Gehry have previously used this material.

Jubin has “fond memories” of playing with cardboard boxes as a child, and building fake houses and cars. “The cardboard looks simple, but it is special,” he said. “Everyone had a cardboard box in their hands. Now, I wanted that same box to have a new purpose – to support us.” Jubin likes to describe the idea behind the project as: “What we once carried, can now carry us.”

Each piece is unique. He uses his body weight to shape the boxes into different curly shapes. Although they look like shiny sculptures, the boxes work perfectly as benches or tables. “Although (the pieces) look delicate, they are strong,” Jubin explained. “I wanted to make something that would surprise the observer.”

Moving from the provocative to the practical, the Room in a Box brand – founded in 2013 – offers simple, modular cardboard furniture for purchase, described as affordable and good for the planet. Using high-quality corrugated cardboard, the German brand promises that its pieces – from bed bases to chairs and tables – can last up to 10 years.

Room in a Box gained attention from posts on TikTok last year, with videos of the cardboard furniture now having more than 2.4 million views. The brand appeals to young people on the go who need lightweight and easy-to-move options, but don’t like the environmental impact of “quick furniture.”

Co-founder Gerald Dessen told CNN via email that Room in a Box pieces are much more sustainable than furniture made from traditional materials, citing lower carbon footprints and lower energy consumption due to the recycled and recyclable nature of its materials, lightweight construction, and modular form. .

But these qualities have also made cardboard a popular choice when it comes to deploying furniture in emergency situations, especially for refugees. In 2011, French designers NOCC, together with entrepreneur Julien Sylvain, created the Leaf Bed, a cardboard bed designed for use by people in refugee camps. With a simple design of pre-cut panels that ship with all the tools and parts needed for assembly, UNHCR has deployed the camp bed.

Chris Apatzis/Courtesy Room in a Box

Cardboard bed base from Room in a Box.

The cardboard manufacturer involved in producing the Leaf Bed, Smurfit Kappa, also teamed up with Edinburgh Direct Aid in 2017 to send aid to refugee camps on the Lebanese-Syrian border in cardboard boxes that can be converted into emergency furniture.

On a daily basis, cardboard is used as an emergency shelter wherever we look. “We see cardboard on the streets, and we see people using it as an insulating and protective material,” Lamb said, acknowledging that such use contradicts his work. “Here I just make pieces of furniture for the gallery.”

Although his works may be collectible design pieces (prices are only available upon request), he says the project is a critical reflection on being a “producer of things,” and hopes to showcase the “beauty and sustainability” of cardboard as a material. “It can be a permanent part of our lives,” he said. “We don’t have to get rid of things that are secondary to the things we buy or value more.”

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