How to Make Furniture from Cardboard


The Great Book of Cardboard Furniture: Step-by-Step Techniques and Designs

Everything from lists of materials and tools to laying out, assembling, and finishing the furniture with a variety of paints and materials is included here. This is an ideal home decor how-to book for anyone looking to repurpose cardboard and easily build functional and stylish furniture. And after acquring the basic techniques, use the gallery section to develop your own furniture designs.

Strong, easy to work with, durable, and environmentally friendly, cardboard boxes have all the qualities needed to create functional, economical, and lightweight, furniture for your home and/or office. Packed with 320+ color images and patterns, a giraffe-shaped chest of drawers for a child's room, including chic chairs, this guide provides detailed step-by-step techniques for building nine furniture designs, and an ultra-modern coffee table.


Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now

The environmental benefits are an encouraging factor for eco-conscious designers and Outside the Box profiles some of these leading designs. Drawing on historical and traditional approaches, profiling some of today’s most inspirational and provocative artists and designers working across the fields of art, Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now charts the medium’s evolution through to modern practices, design and sculpture.

Examples of these designs with cardboard include; a cardboard wendy-house, minimal additions to household product design and the internationally renowned, designed by Peter Henke at Dutch firm Kidsonroof; pop-out toys and decorations created by A4A; interior design companies who re-articulated card-based storage as elegant, minimalist Japanese retailer Muji which has created products such as cardboard speakers and picture frames.

In addition to its potential as a durable material for construction, there is also the sustainable credentials of the material. The work of shigeru ban is included, churches and cardboard schools that deconstruct after use, whose cardboard disaster relief housing, have seen him exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art New York and cited as a leading auteur in the forward-thinking realm of eco-architecture.

Outside the box: cardboard design Now, is attractively packaged with a cardboard cover and pull out features, showing the reader the possibilities of cardboard design. At closer viewing, this is changing and progressing to an altered, contemporary attitude to the possibilities of cardboard’s uses in contemporary design.

Among the artists featured is Frank Gehry, whose Vitra-produced corrugated cardboard furniture—utilizing both modern and archaic designs—has received much international acclaim. Cardboard is positioned at the forefront of the ecologically-minded, whether by utilising reconstituted recycled material or by the use of off cuts and residue in industrial product manufacture and contemporary design.