Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Kevin Brown

Cardboard may not be the most common choice for building furniture and other structures, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a valid option. In fact, these unique projects prove just that. They’re original, unusual, and think outside the box (or cardboard box, in some cases).

The Nothing office

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Dutch designer Joost van Bleiswijk and design director Alrik Koudenburg faced a significant challenge when tasked with creating an office space for advertising agency Nothing—limited budget. However, they devised an innovative and cost-effective solution. The entire office interior was constructed from cardboard.

By precisely cutting and folding large sheets of honeycomb cardboard, they were able to fashion unique designs for desks, tables, bookshelves, stairs, and other elements.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Room in a box is an interesting concept that specifically targets students. It can be quickly assembled and disassembled in under 30 minutes without the use of tools. The box includes all the essential furniture items such as a desk, chair, bed frame, dresser, and recycle bin.

Moving from one location to another has never been easier.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

All these things are made of cardboard, making the Room in a Box very cheap compared to regular furniture. It’s a good option for those who move constantly or for students who don’t need fancy furniture and prefer something cheap, practical, and easy to install. Everything is durable and can last for up to a few years, and it’s water resistant due to a special coating.

Karton furniture.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Cardboard furniture is not only popular among students, but also appeals to a wider audience. Karton Group specializes in offering various innovative cardboard furniture designs for bedrooms, offices, and dining rooms. All of their furniture is flat packed, as well as recycled and recyclable.

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Some noteworthy pieces from their collection include the Paperpedic Bed, which features convenient built-in storage drawers, the Chairman’s table, and the Barista’s coffee table.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

A unique office project called ECAA (Edward Cella Art+Architecture) features a cardboard interior separator with a wooden top. It includes built-in shelves for books, registers, and files. The piece serves as a reception desk.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Artist Paul Coudamy created a unique office interior for an advertising agency in Paris, France, using cardboard. The office includes 20 workstations, partitions, meeting rooms, and storage, all made from water-resistant honeycomb cardboard, wood, glue, and tape.

The Naver App Square

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Numerous stores worldwide have embraced the concept of using cardboard in interior design and architecture due to its intriguing and sustainable nature. One notable example is the Naver App Square, a kiosk created by Urbantainer by combining a stock metal container with raw corrugated cardboard.

The Trash Cafe

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

The Trash Cafe was the result of teamwork between Newcastle University students, engineers, and architects. It’s made of sustainable materials, often considered trash. They used cardboard for the walls and plastic bottles for the chairs.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Measuring 800 square meters, the Kiton showroom in Milan has large windows and a base module made of honeycomb cardboard. The platform, measuring 150 x 150 cm, serves as the display area and is both flexible and reusable. This project was designed by A4A.

The Aesop DTLA store

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Aesop DTLA was a project by Brooks + Scarpa in Los Angeles’ historic theater district. The team used 6” round cardboard tubes to create partitions and other features. The original concrete floors were preserved and complement the location well.

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The Common Kin store

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

When men’s clothing store Common Kin switched formats in 2014, the interior design had to change too. Studio Intussen faced the challenge by using white painted cardboard panels and black steel panels, creating a minimalist and modern space that highlights the products as the main attraction.

Cardboard store in LA

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

This shop is situated in Los Angeles, California, in a bustling commercial area. When DCPP Architects designed it, they opted for a simple yet impactful look, using a prefabricated modular system made from recycled cardboard tubes.

Fold-out cardboard store

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

For the State of Design festival in Melbourne, architect Toby Horrocks and designer Kristian Aus created a concept for a fold-out shop interior. The concept features five cardboard panels that can form a desk, shelves, and a lighting fixture. The panels are made of cardboard and can be flat-packed.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed a tea house entirely out of cardboard and paper called the Paper Tea House. The structure, made from square paper tubes, is just over 5 meters long and includes a table, four stools, and a waiting area with a cardboard bench. This unique project was created for indoor use only.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Cardboard is not limited to indoor use. Design students from ETH Zurich, Min-Chieh Chen, Dominik Zausinger, and Michele Leidi, showcased an outdoor pavilion called Packed. This structure consists of cardboard hoops, specifically 409 cylinders in different sizes and thicknesses, which were tied together.

The pavilion was digitally designed.

A similar multifunctional cardboard project was also created in Hiroshima.

Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard
Cool And Unusual Projects Made Out Of Cardboard

Suppose design office created a project for Karis inside a shopping center in Hiroshima, Japan. The space is multifunctional, serving for both shopping and holding events. The décor and ambiance change depending on the viewer’s location.

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