Of all the interior design trends to appear, you would be forgiven for neglecting cardboard as the textile you would want in your home.
However, an increase in sustainable living coupled with epic designs has made cardboard furniture a magnificent, but unsuspecting competitor.
While cardboard beds have long been used for temporary sleep measures in disasters, the public first heard about them during the Tokyo Olympics, when athletes slept on cardboard beds for the purpose. to organize a more environmentally friendly event.
Gerald Dissen, CEO of Room In A Box, an interior company specializing in producing zero-waste cardboard furniture, explains that a big inspiration for using cardboard as a material was to create an option that was lighter than the options. traditional, usually bulky.
The 37-year-old Berliner explained that while studying at university, he discovered cardboard furniture at a sustainability fair and was impressed with the stability and appearance of the furniture.
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Room In A Box deliberately chose corrugated cardboard because they saw the benefits. Using no adhesive that is harmful to the environment, their furniture is also assembled by hand
Each of their furniture is designed and manufactured as a full-fledged alternative to a conventional item
Cardboard furniture can be recycled at the end of its life cycle, but it is by no means disposable furniture
âObviously, the main reason is the aspect of sustainability, which is becoming more and more present and important due to climate change,â explained Gerald.
âIn addition, companies like us are increasingly sensitizing to alternative and sustainable products, in order to reduce prejudices such as inferior quality and poor durability of the material. ”
âOur mission is to raise awareness of the advantages of cardboard furniture, take it out of the niche market and make it accessible to society at large. “
Of course, a question most would ask after seeing cardboard furniture, however beautiful it is, is how long will it actually last?
Room In A Box’s mission is to raise awareness of the advantages of cardboard furniture, to take it out of the niche market and make it accessible to society at large.
Room In a Box Cardboard furniture is made from strong kraft papers ensuring good resistance even to liquids
The furniture is designed to be made of as few components as possible, which can be easily replaced and allow modifications
No one wants to go along with buying a shelf that will need to be replaced every year, but luckily the durability is better than most might expect.
âAlthough our cardboard furniture can be recycled at the end of its life cycle, it is by no means disposable furniture,â Gerald added.
“In fact, quite the contrary – each of our furniture is designed and manufactured as a full-fledged alternative to conventional furniture.”
âThe use of strong kraft papers ensures good resistance, even to liquids. This makes them durable and long lasting. Well-designed connector systems and structures, such as the special diamond-shaped structure of the bed, provide additional stability. ‘
Room In A Box also relies on modular construction methods in their designs, which allow an extremely high degree of flexibility in their use.
Gerald Dissen, CEO of Room In A Box, with his business partner Lionel create cardboard furniture for interiors
With proper treatment, Gerald estimates their cardboard furniture to have a life expectancy of around ten years.
Room In A Box also relies on modular construction methods in their designs, which allow an extremely high degree of flexibility in their use. They are designed to consist of as few components as possible, which can be easily replaced and allow modifications.
Flexible construction methods, modularity and simplicity play a role in all designs, continued Gerald.
âWe deliberately chose corrugated cardboard because we saw its advantages,â he said. âUsing no adhesive that is harmful to the environment, our furniture is assembled by hand. The result is a product of sustainable design and high quality, manufactured under fair conditions and respectful of the environment. ‘
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NordWerk design, an architecture studio based in Vancouver, is another company with a focus on cardboard work.
Together with the furniture – some of which have models available free for the public to download – they create huge structures made entirely of cardboard.
By building the “world’s largest free-standing paper structure” that covered over 198 square meters, it becomes really clear just how much opportunity there is with a textile as simple as cardboard.
Who knows where the future will lead this trend, but Gerald assures FEMAIL that it is not going anywhere anytime soon.
He continued: âSustainability is becoming more and more important in all areas – whether in fashion, food, mobility and of course also the interior. Therefore, we see the demand for cardboard furniture increasing and we believe that in the future it will no longer be seen as an alternative but as furniture of equal value. ‘