Meubles en carton
February 26, 2009 4:00 PM Subscribe
posted by clavicle (24 comments total)
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Cardboard furniture: cheap and convenient
. Or astounding
How much weight can a piece of cardboard really bear? This guy
(video in French) and these people
can show you. They're cartonnistes
-- who knew there were so many people building cardboard furniture in France that they have a word for it?
Eric Guiomar founded the Compagnie Bleuzen
, which gives occasional cardboard furniture workshops and sells an instructional DVD. You can also find him on YouTube
, a group in Brest dedicated to making art from reused and recycled materials, has a blog
of cardboard furniture made in its workshops. I love this coffee table
: shaped like a nautilus shell with a little drawer at its mouth and covered in used coffee filters.
How they do it: this Instructable from Guiomar
shows internal struts inside a cylindrical cardboard stool, which seem to be the cartonnistes' preferred way to give their furniture structural integrity. Leo Kempf
's approach is a little different; inspired by Frank Gehry's wiggle chair
, he glues layers of identical cardboard cutouts together, sometimes with plywood spacers, to take advantage of the strength of the corrugation inside. Will Holman does a little of both.
A little more pedestrian but still useful is this laptop stand
, and I bet this collapsible cardboard futon
is...well, at least as comfortable as a regular futon.
, origami-style cardboard chairs for kids.)