Cardboard furniture seems like a very new and innovative concept
for greening the globe. But the idea has been around—perhaps largely unknown
—since the early 1970s. Frank Gehry, world-renowned architect, is known as
the pioneer of cardboard furniture. In a feature on CNET, Gehry is said
to have introduced his table and chair designs made of corrugated cardboard
between 1969 and 1973. Design schools teach his concepts to this day.
Gehry’s furniture designs were exhibited
at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. His fundamental concern, according
the Museum’s exhibition notes, was to manipulate basic materials in
unconventional ways to produce objects that are functional yet also visually
“Cardboard as a building block is slowly gaining in appeal around
the world. The 2000 Olympics in Sydney featured cardboard furniture, and in
Hong Kong, cardboard is used for coffins,” writes CNET’s Elsa Wenzel, who also
talked about Gehry’s innovative work with the material.
Cardboard furniture is a timely topic, and many of the green
blogs around the world are talking about it. You can also learn to make your
own cardboard furniture by following the steps laid out at eHow and
Here are 3 sources for cardboard furniture that feature designs
from the pragmatic to the serious, with lots of variations in between:
makes custom chairs, shelves, tables, and more—all out of cardboard. In many
instances, the products are built for use at trade shows, where they work
effectively in a company’s booth set-up and are simply left behind for disposal
at tear-down time.
Leo Kempf is a designer
who lives in the Arkansas mountains. He creates functional art, including
furniture made of cardboard. Some of these pieces are on display at 360SEE, a Chicago gallery that
exhibits fine art, functional art, furniture, and design objects that address
issues of sustainability through concept and material construction.
features some stylish home furnishings made of corrugated cardboard, his
signature material. Giles studied furniture design at Loughborough University
in the UK, continuing his studies at London’s Royal College of Art. Some of his
designs are produced by the Italian brand Dovetusai.
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