The Re-Ply: chair made from boxes by Dan Goldstein – upcycleDZINE
One of the most recycled materials must be paper. In the article about the Telebeute lamp by herrwolke, I told you about some of my experiences regarding cardboard boxes. As I mentioned in that article, every time I cut up a beautiful strong box for recycling, I wonder if I could upcycle it into something interesting.
One thing I do know is that I would try to make an upcycle design lamp. Lighting is my thing. I’m not a furniture designer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I love furniture, and especially upcycle design furniture. That’s why I was really excited when I saw the design you’re seeing here. I stumbled upon this incredible design just after I started upcycleDZINE in 2013. Why did I wait so long to write about it? I don’t know. But I’m very glad I’m able to show it to you now.

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A chair to feel good about

This amazing upcycle design chair, created in 2012, is called The Re-Ply and is designed by Dan Goldstein, a designer based in San Francisco | United States. As a kid Dan was always interested in origami and played a lot with paper because he liked the way you could take something and transform it into something new. And that’s exactly what he has done with The Re-Ply.  He turned four layers of corrugated cardboard [corrugated fiberboard] into a chair.

The Re-Ply: chair made from boxes by Dan Goldstein – upcycleDZINE
The Re-Ply: chair made from boxes by Dan Goldstein – upcycleDZINE
It isn’t the first piece of furniture to be made out of cardboard, but this chair really looks comfortable. Something you can’t say about other cardboard designs. That is due to it’s shape and the fact that’s reclinable, which is a fantastic feature. The boxes used for The Re-Ply are collected, stacked, cut, laminated, molded and folded into a strong, comfortable shell. This shell is placed on a triangular steel base that allows the chair to rock and recline. And to top it of, It can also come with a faux fur or felt cover.

The Re-Ply: chair made from boxes by Dan Goldstein – upcycleDZINE
The Re-Ply: chair made from boxes by Dan Goldstein – upcycleDZINE
The Re-Ply: chair made from boxes by Dan Goldstein – upcycleDZINE
“The Re-Ply comes from the simplest of forms – a folded piece of paper. Paper is relatively strong in tension, and folding it in half yields a seat and back for a chair. Every element of the chair emerges from multiple functions. For example, only one pair of bolts attaches the seat to the metal base. These same bolts hold the crease and allow the chair to gently rock – all in one move. Since the base is triangular, it requires only one point of contact with the seat.”

Photos & video © Dan Goldstein

Since I’ve stated writing this article I found myself wondering about an appropriate spot in the living room for The Re-Ply. And I think, if I found that spot I could find myself buying one. One of the best things about this chair, and the same applies to all upcycle design: ‘design to feel good about’.

Design by Dan Goldstein | Facebook | Etsy


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  1. Hi
    I just admire your chair mc205
    I think it is a wonderfull design and a very good concept I would love to try and make one as a project.
    I do work in the packaging industry but assure you that it would be for my own use as I would love to have a made up peice in my office as an example of the dexterity and how stylish corrugated board can look.
    Are the files avaliable so I could draw and cut one for my self.
    I would appreciate any help with my request
    Adrian york

    • Hi Adrian, thanks for visiting upcycleDZINE and for using the comment section. Although it’s strange that this comment is under the post about a different design than the one you mentioned, the mc205 chair.
      I agree, a fantastic design and great concept. And I can understand that you would love to create one yourself, especially being in the packaging industry!
      But I’m not the one who designed or created this chair. I’m ‘just’ the blogger/designer publishing upcycle design on this blog 🙂
      What you could do is contact this creative company called Nordwerk recyclingDESIGN who created this design. Maybe they’re willing to help you or work with you.
      Succes and let me know if you succeeded.
      Regards, Gilbert


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