Cardboard Furniture

In the U.S. we generate nearly 200 pounds of cardboard waste per person. Most is recycled, but some ends up being burned or in landfills, where it’s the 2nd-most common item. Instead of a fiery death, these boxes were upcycled into furniture.

Cardboard Furniture

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Cardboard table base made in Domingos TΓ³tora’s studio, Maria da Fe, Brazil.
domingostotora.com.br

upcycled cardboard
Recycled cardboard is broken up into small pieces, soaked in water and turned into a pulp that serves as the base material for furniture, vases, bowls and sculptural pieces. domingostotora.com.br

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The pieces are molded by hand, dried in the sun, sanded and then a finish is applied. domingostotora.com.br

upcycled cardboard
The cardboard which originated as wood, essentially is brought back full cycle by taking on a wood-like quality again. www.domingostotora.com.br

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Molded Cardboard Bench
www.domingostotora.com.br

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Twig Table base – re-shaped Cardboard.
www.domingostotora.com.br

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Japanese Inspired Cardboard Table and Stools
Via: thingsfromtheicebox.blogspot.com

gehry-s-wiggle-chair-easy-edgesWiggle Chair, Frank Gehry, 1972.
Made in Germany by Vitra. Approximately 60 layers of cardboard are held together by hidden screws with a fibreboard edging. Four models from the series – Side Chair, Wiggle Side Chair, Dining Table and Low Table Set – are now being produced by Vitra. $985.00 + free shipping, hivemodern.com

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Wiggle Stool, Frank Gehry, 1972.
hivemodern.com

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Easy Edges lounge chair Frank Gehry, 1972.
www.sfmoma.org

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Bubbles Chaise Lounge, 1987.
Frank Gehry. Manufactured by New City Editions, Venice, CA. Pic Noooah flickr.com

flickr-beastfaceThe cardboard version of le Corbusier’s “le Gran Confort” club chair. Completely made of recycled materials; used cardboard, nylon strapping, and rusted, forgotten steel, welded for the frame. By Nick Michelin. flickr.com

cardboard chair
Cardboard Chair by Stanley Xiang & Lingling Li
Make a template, cut and glue.
edge.neocha.com

cardboard furniture
WeMake Just cut and glue…
www.flickr.com www.wemake.co.uk

cardboard chair
Cardboard Chair
By Sanserif Creatius sanserif.es

cardboard furniture
Arno Mathies
Made of laminated, corrugated cardboard, assembled using housing joints.
Pics by: michelbonvin.com

cardboard table
Cardboard Table
By Sanserif Creatius of Valencia, Spain
sanserif.es

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The Basic Love Seat by Francisco Cantu is made of corrugated cardboard and fibreboard, with cushions filled with crumpled paper. mocoloco.com

cardboard furniture
Gehry Grandpa Beaver Chair
The 1986 “Experimental Edges” were Frank Gehry’s second collection of cardboard furniture. A classic armchair motif, the frayed edges are a play on an old piece of furniture that has seen better days. architonic.com

cardboard-furnitureLouis XV commode
by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais. emilie-mazeau-langlais.com

cardboard-chestLouis D’Or bedside table
by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais. emilie-mazeau-langlais.com

cardboard-setee-2Loveseat
by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais. emilie-mazeau-langlais.com

french-cardboard-furnitureThe Cartonnistes are a French cardboard loving artist collective – Yes, you can paint cardboard! Lots more here: lescartonnistesassocies.com

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Painted Cardboard Dresser.
atelierchezsoi.fr

cardboard furniture
By Bertrande of the Cartonnistes.
lescartonnistesassocies.com

cardboard furniture
Cardboard EtagΓ¨re by Elsa – meublesencarton.fr 420 Euros.

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David Graas – Flatpack Furniture Collection
davidgraas.com € 250. Assembly required.

cardboard chair
Cardboard chair
by Philippe Nigro.

cardboard furniture
Graduation work, Design Academy Eindhoven
Photo by Che Eyzenbach
cheeyz.nl

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Laminated Catenary Cardboard Chair
Mick Michelin designed this chair for the AIAS Chair Affair 2005 competition. The tensile properties of paper tested. flickr.com

cardboard reuse
Bravais Armchair
Lazarian furniture – over two hundred components were hand cut and glued together to create the Bravais Armchair. lazerian.co.uk 1700 euros.

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Recycled Cardboard Tube Chaise
productosspomada.blogspot

cardboard reuse
Recycled Cardboard Tube Chair
productosspomada.blogspot

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Tomago for Kids — cardboard is soaked in water and then agitated, transforming it back into its original wood pulp state.
flickr.com foldlife.com

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Cardboard Office of ‘Nothing’ a commercial creative agency in Amsterdam. Cardboard walls, signs, beams, tables, shelving and a set of stairs. Designers Joost van Bleiswijk and Alrik Koudenburg. More pics: creativereview.co.uk

flickr-ncheny‘Carton King’, Taiwan – Like the wall tiles…
Photo by Ncheny flickr.com

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Cardboard Room

cardboard room
Mafoombey Acoustic Space
Corrugated cardboard sound installation designed by Finnish architecture students Martti Kalliala and Esa RuskeepÀÀ with the aid of architect, Martin Lukasczyk.

How To Make Cardboard Furniture

How to make a small cabinet with video: instructables.com

Step by step photos – furniture – ppc33.free.fr

Kids furniture: ppc33.free.fr

How to make a wall bookshelf with curve: instructables.com

How to make cardboard furniture DVD: compagnie-bleuzen.com

In French: atelierchezsoi.fr

Cardboard Furniture Online Resources

Bloxes – modular cardboard building boxes – bloxes.com

See lots more furniture here: lescartonnistesassocies.com

More furniture, pocketbooks, grandfather clock, lamps – gilesmiller.com

More furniture in France: cartonslibres.fr

Modular Cardboard Bookcases – Danny Giles – danygilles.com

Lots of ideas here: camillecarton.free.fr

lazerian.co.uk

reinharddienes.com

pacalowski.com

Cardboard Toys

paperpod.co.uk

Cardboard Art

See Cardboard Cloud Installation here: hakonoghaffner.no
3000 hanging cardboard boxes resembling a large pixilated cloud…

According to Marty Metro of usedcardboardboxes, much of our old cardboard goes to China, where the current demand is. His company resells lightly used boxes.

Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.

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  1. Hi Paula,

    I would try deconstructing the tube where you desire to bend it, and use tape to hold the bend in place…

    Just my suggestion maybe there’s a better one out there.

    Sounds a fun project, hope you find a way…

  2. Japanese Cardboard Store are not from japan

    It’s store from taiwan call ‘carton king’

    PS:I like the carton pebble’s texture, what a transformation!

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