carved cardboard chair + the secret power of cardboard

laminated and carved cardboar chair

photo: monocomplex design studio

We love this chair by monocomplex design studio because it illustrates an essential lesson about cardboard: when sheets of it are glued together they become an incredibly strong material, a homemade laminate that can be used like wood. Here, the designer glued together 127 pieces of cardboard (recycled boxes, not pristine sheets) until he had a big roughly-arm-chair-size block. Then he sculpted it with a grinder and saw, gradually tailoring a chair to fit his body.

You can watch the process here, a 1.5 minute revelation. (Video link here.)

We have a friend whose long been making cardboard laminate to devise ingenious solutions that would normally be made out of wood. A former stage set builder and designer, he answered the question we’ve asked in a post about Andre Zittel’s cool cardboard bookshelves: Can you paint cardboard? Yes indeed. Set painters do it all the time, with latex or oil. Yaye!!!

We’re viewing our pile of yet-to-be-unpacked book boxes in a new light.

via Design Boom

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