Upcycled cardboard boxes become stylish and comfortable eco-chairs

Re-Ply upcycled cardboard recliner
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By perching a seat and back made from laminated upcycled cardboard onto a simple yet ingenious metal frame, Re-Ply has redesigned the recliner and built the ultimate customizable eco-chair.

Most of us probably look at cardboard boxes for what they are, containers for our stuff, and a very ordinary ones at that. But other people look at boxes and see the potential of using that same material for a radically different purpose, such as turning it into furniture.

The designer of the Re-Ply chair, Dan Goldstein, says he played with paper a lot as a kid, making paper airplanes and origami boats. After getting a degree in architecture, he began revisiting the medium of paper, this time in the form of corrugated cardboard, and found a way to leverage its inherent properties (strong in tension, weak in compression) to build a better chair.

By laminating four layers of cardboard together with a water-based glue, and then molded over a form and folded into the shape of a seat and back, Goldstein ended up with a strong and comfortable shell for the chair. The seat itself is supported on a simple triangular base, and connected to it with just two bolts, which allows the chair to not just recline, but to rock back and forth.

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"Is that really just cardboard? Yep. Four layers of heavy duty corrugated fiberboard to be exact. Most boxes are broken down and recycled. The Re-Ply upcycles cardboard by rescuing it from the recycling loop and making it into something more permanent and durable. And it uses a patent pending manufacturing process, so you probably haven’t ever seen anything like this before." - Re-Ply

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This upcycled recliner project got funded on Kickstarter in late 2012 (almost doubling its funding goal), and the chairs are now for sale at Re-Ply, with two choices of frame color available (silver or blue).

Tags: Cardboard | Furniture | Upcycling

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