Here at upcycleDZINE we’re always on the lookout for nice, beautiful and fun upcycle design that shows ingenuity and simplicity. And when it’s made out of great material like recycled cardboard, it will certainly attract my attention. And so did this stunning chair design.
If you haven’t seen upcycle design made out of cardboard you should definitely take a look at designs by Graypants, Mhoz, Shiner, or Dan Goldstein. They all use discarded cardboard. And today I’m glad to add another name to the list.
Cardboard proves to be sturdy
The name is Nordwerk, is a Design Studio in Germany and Canada that focuses on paper-based, sustainable Architecture and Design. Their work is based on the idea of creating a better, greener, and more beautiful world. They design and produce furniture and architecture made out of used industrial corrugated cardboard [corrugated fiberboard]. Their goal is to establish a perfectly green design and manufacturing process. And it looks like they know what they are doing because at this moment they produce less than 1% waste.
The chair that’s featured in this post is called MC 302. An upcycle design armchair, made out of flat cardboard parts and most important, available for FREE. Nordwerk: “We are publishing these plans in order to help companies, organizations, and agencies to have a positive impact by reducing waste and/or use more recycled material. Therefore we are giving the plans to you, so you can help create a better and greener world. In order to do so, we relinquish revenue. But we are doing so in order to show how serious we are about creating a better tomorrow.”
Make your own cardboard armchair
We are publishing these plans in order to help companies, organizations, and agencies to have a positive impact by reducing waste and/or use more recycled material. Therefore we are giving the plans to you, so you can help create a better and greener world. In order to do so, we relinquish revenue. But we are doing so in order to show how serious we are about creating a better tomorrow.
You can get the plans on the download section of our website at www.nordwerk.co.
“What we do… is rubbish! At least it used to be garbage. And with high probability it will be garbage again. In the meantime we do something different with it. We make furniture, conversions, installations, exhibition stands – or sometimes a lion – out of discarded corrugated cardboard.”
Every piece of furniture they make is made without environmentally hazardous connecting means. All parts are either connected or stacked and everything is completely recyclable. “What we did use was once provided for recycling. But we break the chain and stretch this process, we don’t stop it.” What they make will someday be recycled, re-used, or even be upcycled again into something else with a greater value.
The idea arose in the context of another project where they built their first plug-in space. They refined the idea and begun to explore the possibilities of this construction, both from a technical and design point of view as well as with regard to the potential diversity of form.
Their main focus is on already used corrugated cardboard. A great material intended for recycling but with much too little attention with regard to the sustainability of our environment.
“What we do is in itself not sustainable. But we consider ourselves as part of a process whose core is sustainability.”
Photos © Nordwerk recyclingDESIGN
After reading this post you should definitely check out all other products and concepts by Nordwerk. It’s just incredible what they come up with. And all this by using recycled cardboard. Never thought cardboard could be used to lounge on and would look so good.
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