Out of the (Cardboard) Box: Using the Recyclable Material in Design

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In recent years, cardboard has been used as an architectural material because, like wood, from which it is derived, it's light and reusable

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In the last couple of decades cardboard has been rediscovered as an architectural material because it is light yet load-resistant, recyclable, nature-friendly, and warm -- just like wood, from which it is derived. Treatment with different chemical solutions and production techniques allows for higher fire and moisture resistance, greater strength, and flexibility. Some of the buildings shown here, made entirely or partly of cardboard, boost a life-expectancy of approximately 20 years. However, cardboard's real popularity can be observed in interior design, where creativity is mostly unlimited by structural and safety requirements. The recent environmental trend of recycling various objects has really led us out of the cardboard box with imaginative, witty, and cheap designs.


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Image: Alexander van Berge.

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