Cardboard offers a good opportunity for the design of sustainable furniture products.
Sustainability. Card-board is very sustainable. The raw material of all paper products is cellulose fibre and this can come from a number of different plants. Cardboard ban be fully recycled and can be made from up to 100% of recycled paper and cardboard.
Cardboard is ubiquitous. Paper and cardboard products are all around us. Paper and paper products are widely used as packaging in the home. ABS (2003, 1996 & 2000) shows that 88% of paper and cardboard was either reused or put into the recycled waste stream. The paper fibre can be recycled between 1 and 7 times, depending on the final use.
For a long time cardboard furniture appears to be thought more as a fringe product, a material useful for student projects, or for temporary applications such as exhibitions, rather than the mainstream. Frank Gehry's Easy Edges was a notable early exception. However there has been a recent burgeoning of interest in its use for furniture and other products.
During my design Masters I developed a typology that classifies different forms and processes used in making cardboard furniture. In doing so I identified a gap in the field and so developed my own process, or rather hybrid process.
This was the first proof-of-concept prototype developed during my Masters of Design.
Recycled cardboard. Winner of the 2010 VIVID sustainability award.
2016 Melbourne Fringe Furniture exhibit. Recycled cardboard core, coffee bag skin. More about JAVA