Cardboard Furniture: Summary

As a summary of the project I enclose a presentation I did.

However, while working on the project I was really thinking about the sustainability of such a chair. The material is for sure recyclable (cardboard up to five times, if I am not wrong) and after all you can even compost it. The question is, does it make sense to do such a furniture? In Brazil, for example, where I am at the moment, the high air humidity in the summer (around 90-96%) is very aggressive to almost everything – furniture, clothes, walls, paints (here I do really appreciate the exotic sorts of wood and plastics). Thus, catching the water from the air and being exploited cardboard furniture within a short time are losing their rigidity. Of course, laminated corrugated cardboard is much more resistant but is not the “Luis XV Chair” more sustainable lasting for years?

I think these kind of furniture I would see in many “temporary situations”, growing children, moving all the time students or even in the catastrophe endangered areas, where the quick availability of the furniture can be an asset.

Please, feel free to comment or discuss the pros and cons of the solution.

Chair and Table: Final Solutions – updated

Please have a look at my 1:5 scale models final solutions to the given brief. I demonstrate the furniture and how they work.

I have updated this post and inserted videos uploaded into the what brought in sync presentations. I have left the old (you tube) ones for comparison.








And… some extras regarding the graphic design and the usage of the finished pieces of the furniture.



Final Outcome. The 1:5 scale models.

Let me show you my 1:5 scale models.

There is a small problem with the table board model since for the small model, the cardboard is a bit too stiff to fold it very nicely. However, if you add a cm or two to the edge of the board, you will get a decent fold. Thus, I do not expect any problems in the 1:1 scale model.

The small problem with the chair I could imagine is not the most comfortable back support. For a longer period of usage I would suggest some foam or pillow. The chair gaining some support, in different heights, can offer a chaise long version: Now make a break! Relax!

Cardboard Furniture: Final Models

Cardboard Table: Final Model

Cardboard Origami Chair: Final Model

Origami Chair – Another Decoration Idea

Origami chair offers plenty of decoration opportunities. I have already shown different skins ideas one can only imagine but the possibility I like the most is the customized outlook one can do by himself depending on the mood, sense of humor, interior design or likes or dislikes.

Please have a look at the quick sketch how it could work:


In case of printing the image on the laminate, proper considerations should be given to the pattern. Please have a look in the sketch below to get an idea.

Pattern for printing decorations

Explaining Some Ideas

The ideas I got while looking for the solutions I explained in the short video.