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Upcycled cardboard boxes become stylish and comfortable eco-chairs

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.

By Derek Markham - Source: http://www.treehugger.com
Photo © Re-Ply

Photo © Re-Ply

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.

Photo © Re-Ply

Photo © Re-Ply

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