Out Of The (Cardboard) Box
In the last few decades cardboard has been rediscovered as an architectural material for its being light, strength-resistant, recyclable, nature-friendly and warm, just like wood, from which it is derived. Treatment with different chemical materials and production techniques allow for higher fire and moisture-resistancy, strength and flexibility and some of the buildings, made entirely or partly from cardboard, boost a life-expectancy of approximately 20 years. However, it has been particularly successful in interiors, where creativity is mostly unlimited by structural and safety requirements. The recent environmental trend of recycling various objects have really led us out of the cardboard box through imaginative, witty and cheap designs. Just take a look at Karim by Suppose design office: I can imagine the hundreds of useless paper rolls at the end of each semester living a second life as a cool interior decoration.