It has been 150 years since the humble cardboard box was invented and at the time it changed the world. Quite understated the humble cardboard box has been used in packaging and protection in nearly everything you could possibly think of. However during this environmental awareness age that we live in, it seems that there is another use for cardboard and that is designer office furniture.
No you are reading this correctly I said designer and home office furniture. Launched in Spring, a company called Cardboard Future have developed a range of furniture to suit the commercial and domestic environments made completely from corrugated cardboard.
The design is simple and with the use of extremely heavy engineering, the products within the range are extremely light and very durable with a really low price tag. The range started with a simple paperweight desk and due to the success of this single product, the company have begun to develop office storage, pedestals, book shelves, wardrobes, beds and tables in a huge range of shapes and sizes.
There are many different types of corrugated cardboard and a lot of these would not be suitable for making furniture, not even thinking about the European standards for strength and sustainability. Taking this into account, the Cardboard Future manufacturers use Grade A cardboard that is constructed of strong fibres and is made from 74% recycled paperboard. The rest is made from virgin wood fibre that has been certified aas a sustainable raw material from the UK and Europe.
The board is die-cut (the general process of shearing using dies) using state of the art equipment and then varnished with water based glues. It is as simple as this and the result is providing extra strength cardboard that is 100% recyclable. Using these processes there is no reason why this cannot be used to make durable office furniture and home furniture that is more cost effective and better for the environment.