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Cardboard furniture is a furniture designed to be made from corrugated fiberboard, heavy paperboard, or fiber tubes.

There are several different types of cardboard furniture.

The Frank O. Gehry style
The furniture shape is cut out of cardboard many times and put together for a solid piece.
Move-Cardboard technique
The pieces of furniture are built like packaging and then can be fitted together at home in her form like move cardboards
The lightweight construction style[1]
The environment friendly paper tube chair
Frame construction and coverage

History and development[edit]

Wiggle side chair by Frank Gehry for NGV Design, 1972

Although people have lived on and around cardboard for as long as it has existed, it was probably first introduced to the design world by Frank Gehry (b. 1929). The line, which is still made and sold by Vitra, consists of modern chairs and tables. Made with hidden screws and fiberboard edging, the tables are said to hold thousands of pounds. The "Wiggle Chair," which has won many design awards and has been included in museum shows at London's Design Museum and elsewhere, contains 60 layers of corrugated cardboard held together by hidden screws and fibreboard edging.

In the Beginning of the 1980s cardboard furniture becomes very popular in France by the technique of Eric Guiomar. It is totally different to the technique of Frank Gehry. The furniture in the technique of Guiomar is made with corrugated cardboard, simple, double and triple groove. First, a frame is created with intertwined cardboard plates which are cut out according to the original design. This is the support frame of the piece, just like it would be the case for a ship. Then, the frame is covered with cardboard that will be "rolled" on its forms to a perfect fit. This technique allows a great freedom in the choice of shapes and materials.

Consumer market[edit]

Aside from gallery exhibits, the idea of using cardboard as a material for constructing furniture is becoming increasingly popular, especially given its sustainable credentials. Cardboard is fully recyclable and is predominantly made from recycled paper. It usually can also be printed on in any color and pattern. New areas of marketing have started to go deeper in sustainable products. Green marketing is one of them, it defines segments inclined to consume a product like cardboard furniture (e.g. LOHAS).


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  1. ^ Papp-Art Archived April 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, lightweight construction
  2. ^ Compagnie-Bleuzen, lightweight construction
  3. ^ La Cartonniere, lightweight construction
  4. ^ a b Interlux Chair by Manfred Kielnhofer using paper tubes


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