Everyone who has gone away to university has done it- the truck rentals, the schlep to IKEA, the dragging heavy furniture up the stairs. Then, at the end of the school year, there are those piles of junk on the street, forlorn flatpacks that weren't worth carting home. As the designers of this Room in a Box note:
Our time as students were some of the most memorable and formative of our lives. Every hour spent stressing through the traditional moving process is one lost hour that could have been spent socializing and forming friendships for a lifetime.
The room in a box might change all that. It is a whole suite of furniture, including bed with storage, chair, desk and dresser, everything but the mattress. It's all cleverly designed out of cardboard and sets up in minutes. Judging from the video, it is surprisingly strong. It's recycled and recyclable. It's cheap at US$ 149 for early bird pricing on Indiegogo. And it even has wheels and a handle on the box.
It frankly looks like it wouldn't stand up to hard use, and doesn't look as attractive as our beloved Casulo, but the designers claim they have been using prototypes of the desk for three years and they are still standing. They also see other uses for the room in the box than just students and weary parents; "Our room in a box concept has far reaching implications anywhere furniture is used, such as: daycares, temporary government offices or even disaster relief efforts. "
It's not the first time that we have seen cardboard furniture from Geoff Christou and Chris Porteous; they first designed and tried to sell a cardboard desk and bookcase for students in 2011. Personally I prefer it in the natural color as shown in Designboom then. Since then they have been concentrating on the business market but now, "after nearly 4 year of experimentation and product development we are ready to head back to the roots of our company to launch the complete solution to furnishing student housing: a room in a box. "