Mafoombey - a space for music
Winner of the Habitare design contest at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2005, Mafoombey is a space for music that explores the acoustics of cardboard. The 2.5 cubic meters listening room is composed of 720 hand-cut pieces of cardboard, stacked without adhesive. Built for experiencing music, the space includes a sitting area for two to three people and a DVD player to play music. Energy-saving lights and surround-sound speakers are built into the 360-layered structure, with one central wire leading out to plug in for electricity.
Mafoombey is designed by Martti Kalliala and Esa Ruskeepää while they were attending the architecture school at Helsinki University of Technology, with the help of architect friend Martin Lukasczyk. All three are busy building their international resumes
Mafoombey - a space for music
Enter David Graas, a designer who consciously considers the afterlife of his designs.
FYS (Finish Your Self) junior, 2007
FYS junior is a puzzle chair that little ones can fix up together with parents. The chair is 100% recyclable and uses a large part of its own packaging.
Don't spill your coffee table, 2007
A coffee table made up from corrugated cardboard parts that are flatpacked and slide together for easy assembly.
not a box, 2007
The lamp shade doubles up as the packaging that holds its parts within, including bulb, plug, cable and manual. Just cut off the top and bottom flap and install. Minimising wastage, a graphical suggestion of what the lamp could have been is cut out to let light through.
[images and text extracted from David Graas.]
David Graas is located at Van Hallstraat 260, 1051 HM Amsterdam, Netherlands; Tel: (31)6 4808 0207. For more information, visit David Graas.
via the amazing treehugger.
Designed by Wilson Brothers for Stussy, Hextable is an occasional table made from two identical components that is folded and locked into place. Fully recyclable, the honeycomb core table is incredibly light at 1.2kg, yet strong structurally.
Hextable is comissioned for Stussy Japan, after the success of the limited edition Stussy Chairfix created for the Stussy store in London. The product is hand screen printed in London with a Stussy pattern.
nume's cardboard city Fuorisalone, 2007
We have recently posted about the Polyhedal House from nume and cannot resist sharing about the exhibition at the Fuori Salone del Mobile 2007 that preceded its launch.
The Crea il tuo spazio (Create Your Space)exhibition-workshop, was held along the curved arcades flanking the Rotonda della Besana, one of Milan's greatest example of 18th century architecture. Located in the historic centre of the city, the interactive exhibition introduced play elements of white cardboard that took shape and meaning through the participation of children.
The white surface offered endless interpretative solutions as a blank canvas on
which to express creativity and imagination. we hope it can inspire you as much as it helped us!
via nume, Reuben Miller and kidsmodern.
Bloxes are building blocks made of interlocking pieces of corrugated cardboard, folded together. They are connected with each other on all six sides and can be used to construct benches, tables, tunnels, even walls. Their unique shape and structure make them exceptionally strong and lightweight.
How to build Bloxes
Bloxes measure 9½" square when assembled; a pack of 20 will create a 4-by-5 blox wall of approximately 36" by 45". Sold in quantities of 20, the unassembled bloxes fit in a 15" square box for easy shipping. We think they make great screen and partitions!
For more information, visit Bloxes.
Cardboard House, 2005
Col James, of Australian architecture firm Stutchbury and Pape, in association with the Ian Buchan Fell Housing Research Unit at University of Sydney, has developed a cardboard house which is weatherproof, collapsible and very cheap. Light and recyclable, the project is a possible option for temporary housing.
Part of the Houses of the Future exhibition held in Sydney in 2005, the building can be assembled by two people over a six-hour period using appropriate scaffolding, and is transportable in a light commercial vehicle.
via Vestal Design.
For your kitty, the Cat Cacoon from Plushpod is the ideal playhouse.
Cat Cacoon from Plushpod
interior cavity 25"x18"13.5"(LxWxH);
hand-laminated corrugated cardboard
Designed by Warren Lieu, the pods are constructed of 83 layers of laser-cut double wall corrugated cardboard, sculpted into a unique pod shape with playful holes bored into it for pets to stick their paws into. An alternative to a scratching post, the cardboard is great for sharpening claws, durable enough to last a very long time. It is at the same time a lounger, a scratching pod, a playhouse, a secured hiding place, and a piece of sculpture in your home.
[images and text extracted from Plushpod]
For more information, visit Plushpod.
via the inspiring Poppytalk.
Flute Lamp (Large), 2007
460x460x300mm; Corrugated cardboard
Designed by Giles Miller for Farm Designs, these Flute Lamps undergo the process of fluting cardboard to imprint a floral pattern into the surface of the material.
Here are some other brilliant cardboard collections from Farm Designs over the years that we would love to share.
Grandfather-C, 2008 and Wardrobe-C, 2007
530x530x1960mm and 965x1955x500mm; Corrugated cardboard
Flute screens, 2006
1200x400x1700mm; Corrugated cardboard
Exbox Bench, 2005
1000mmx1000mmx any length; Corrugated cardboard
For more information, visit Farm Designs.
via the superb Moco Loco
polyhedral house from nume
white corrugated board; 108x120x92cm
nume, the Italian designer for children, offers a polyhedral playhouse that is easy to assemble and dismantle. The build-it-yourself igloo is made of white cardboard so that little ones can decorate and customise.Perfect for experimenting with creativty and independence with.
[images and text from nume.]
For more information, visit nume.
We start this week with a fresh surge of inspiration from paper - Cardboard!
Commonly called cardboard by non-specialists, what we really meant is corrugated fiberboard. Corrugated board is a paper-based construction material consisting of a layer of fluted corrugated sheet sandwiched between one or two flat linerboards.
It is widely used in the manufacture of corrugated boxes and shipping containers. The corrugated medium and linerboard are made of paperboard, a paper-like material usually over 0.25mm thick.
We like the raw industrial feel of the material, although modern cutting methods and laser precision has been used to produced a whole range of amazing designs. Flat-packed, eco-friendly, low-cost, deployable, are some of the many features of this material that is played up in designs.
[image from Colquim; text extracted from Wikipedia]
Popup by Marion Bataille as posted by Jacques Faciale. This video is tons of fun, showing all the movable and pop-up parts of the book!
The french illustrator, graphic designer and photographer Marion Bataille just released a new Pop-up book, ABC3D, based in 3D type. A very nice object both for typo-geeks and children. ABC3D is her first book to be published in the UK. Buy it here!
[via Swiss Legacy]
A very talented artist wrote to us, making us very happy! We are so excited by his amazing work we need to share.
Detail of Mobile Composition I, 2007
Born in Tokyo in 1971, Hideo Iwasaki, is a contemporary papercut artist with an unusual background in biology. He has been papercutting from the tender age of seven and seek to express the raw characteristics of papercut. He creates mono-chromatic works directly with a knife, with an impressive step-by-step documentation here. His work as a biologist allows him to liberate the studies of life science in his art intuitively. Installed between glass panels or as mobiles, there is multiplicity in viewing his abstract compositions.
Detail of Polymorphosis, 2004
2000 mm x 1300 mm x 1000 mm (WxDxH); black paper, acryl and mirror
[images and text extracted from Hideo Iwasaki. Thank you, Hideo!]
Hideo Iwasaki is located a Kita 2-21-16, Kunitachi-City, Tokyo 186-0001, Japan. For more informaion, visit Hideo Iwasaki.
We stumbled upon the works of Ela Cindoruk and fell in love with her beautiful work. We had to refrain from posting her entire Compass Rose collection.
Born in Ankara in 1963, Ela Cindoruk graduated from the Industrial Design Deparment of METU. She studied Jewelery Design at the Parsons School of Design in New York and found her own atelier in 1989, where she started designing individual pieces.
Paper doily, String
CR XIIa Medallion
Paper doily, String
[images from Ela Cindoruk and text extracted from Turkish Design World.]
Ela Cindoruk is located at Atiye Sokak 14/5 Tesvikiye Istanbul, Turkey. For more information, visit Ela Cindoruk.
We are surprised we have not found Nel Linssen prior to this. Her creations, inspired by rhythms and structues in the botanical world, arise intuitively in an empirical way. She challenges logical and technical constructions to transform paper from a tactile material into wearable objects.
Papieren Sieraden Paper Jewellery, 1990
Papieren Sieraden Paper Jewellery, 1986
Paper Necklace with elastic thread
[images and text extracted from Nel Linssen]
Nel Linssen is located at Groesbeekseweg 197, 6523 NS Nijmegen Holland; Tel:(024)323 1765. For more information, visit Nel Linssen.
Kiwon Wang was born in Korea and has been living in the United States. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in jewellery and metalsmithing and Rhode Island School of Design with a Master of Fine Arts. She has taught both at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Kookmin University in Korea.
Her works explore the meeting and interplay between materials and forms, methods, techniques and literature. She pushes the boundaries of these objects that adorn the body to create contrast, tension, absence and presence.
Sterling silver, newspaper, steel cable
[images and text extracted from Kiwon Wang]
Kiwon Wang is located at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 704, New York, NY 10001, USA; Tel: (212) 229 9332. For more information, visit Kiwon Wang.
designboom recently published snapshots of a brilliant selection of jewellery. We showcase some of the choice picks created out of paper.
Marion van Cruchten is a Dutch designer who recently graduated from the Department of Jewellery and Product Design at the Academie of Fine Arts, Netherlands.
These paper bracelets are created from old supermarket coupons!
[images and text from Marion van Cruchten]
For more information, visit Marion van Cruchten