Cardboard has a very inspiring effect on designers in all sorts of disciplines. Be it theater design, interior design or graphic design. The material is cheap, fold-able, strong and visually attractive. Here’s some fine examples:

THE FLAT BOX

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The shapes of unfolded corrugated boxes are very fascinating. They show efficient and careful industrial design. Printing is suddenly transformed to a fragmented collage. Not that strange that kids are often happier with the box than the toy itself! There’s some artists that use the graphical quality of these foldouts. They break down the box to it’s original flat shape and use that shape as an inspiration for their art. The picture on the left shows the knife that’s used … Continue reading







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SEATS

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The most well known cardboard chair is probably Frank Gehry’s Easy Edges chair. There’s a nice article on the guggenheim website. He’s best known for his curvy architecture but with a knack for design, Gehry has branched out into furniture construction, too. The patent on the chair says: “The furniture produced by this technique is inexpensive yet strong and durable; moreover, a wide variety of interesting and attractive shapes can be formed. “







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Pepakura Modeling

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Pepakura is a software tool that makes it easier to make foldout models out of 3d creation software models. Ofcourse this software is from Japan (free to play with, $35 to use fully). There’s some beautiful examples online. Sculptors are trying out computer generated 3d models and then want to bring their onscreen designs back to the real world. Results: large statues made of unexpected materials. Like cardboard for an instance 🙂 I don’t know who made the fist by … Continue reading







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Cardboard Tugboat de Furie

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Also check this video (couldn’t embed 🙁 ) Another dutch artist! This one has made a cardboard tugboat. Filip Jonker sailed his boat named “de Furie”  from Enschede, the Netherlands to London, Great Britain in 20 hours! He used only honeycombboard for his boat, though there are some pieces that couldn’t be made with cardboard (like the engine :-)). The design of his boat is traditional. The goal is seems mainly to show and promote the use of cardboard as … Continue reading







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Mechanics

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Cardboard Mechanics is made by 4 students of the Utrecht School of Art and Technology (Saskia Freeke, Fin Kingma, Davy Jacobs and Sonja van Vuure). I love the endresult of the project but you should also check the other movies made during prototyping, they don’t have the audio mixed out and you can hear the sound of the cardboard as it spins and the sounds of the people looking at it! Next to making things by hand they also use … Continue reading







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Tribal Jewellery Display

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Just give us a load of material and we”ll make something! That’s what we said when the CODA museum asked us to make a jewelry presentation… No question, cardboard took over the show. The show took place during the holland papier bienalle. We got 50 big plates of cardboard en decided to go make a cardboard tribe of gorillaesque figures: this the result! Click image to enlarge!







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Cardboard boat building

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Live is but a dream! I was thinking of making my own cardboard boat so I googled how to. No surprise that there’s a lot of people out there already doing that. There’s even regattas and online tips and boatbuilding plans. Visually I found this site the most attractive. There’s a lot of interesting structures on it and some nice explanations on why and how they used the material… The shapes are beautifull, and the combination with the black numbers … Continue reading







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