10 Masterpieces of Cardboard Design

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Readers who remember the 1987 smash hit “Living in a box”” by the band with the same name will get their money’s worth from this article. Those a bit younger might feel transported back to childhood where a simple, big cardboard box held a myriad of possibilities. See for yourself what a long way cardboard design has come as you take in cardboard offices, furniture, sculptures, a cat cocoon, kids’ furniture and more….


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Dutch Designers Joost van Bleiswijk and Alrik Koudenburg created this cardboard office for Amsterdam-based advertising agency Nothing. The idea behind the “no screw, no glue” approach was to create an office that would turn the agency’s clients into brand ambassadors, using the most nothing-building materials they could find. A clever advertising strategy but then, they should know!

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Nothing’s design is not new; people have been experimenting with cardboard furniture and objects for a while as you will see. But one can safely say that Nothing’s design and office composition is the most aesthetic and well-thought out to date. For those worrying about spills – relax, thick cardboard will be able to take a spill and there are many ways to waterproof it. And if all else should fail, it’s no big deal to replace parts of the furniture.

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