I finally got to the make-a-cardboard-chair class. The briefing was as simple as that. I had in mind that I wouldn’t use any glue and would try to reuse all the cardboard that I find. I started my research for chairs that have been previously designed using cardboard to see what kind of point of views had already been approached by other designers. You can surely build any shape using cardboard now. I’ve also seen that you can easily adapt most of the cardboard chair projects out there for them to be produced with MDF, PS or some other plastic or metal you choose, I’ve came to realize that most, if not all of them, don’t appreciate cardboard that much, at least not to the point that it becomes an irreplaceable material, it seems to me they’re ashamed of its original building specifications.
Celebrate cardboard is what I decided to do. But how do you do that? How do you make the cheapest, most charm-free, kind of smelly building material on the market look like a must-seat-chair?
As all pet owners, my girlfriend and I talk to our pets too, her hamster Mojo, already gone, and Marshall, my beagle. Well, I was on the couch thinking of ways to celebrate cardboard but could clearly hear she talking to Mojo at the dinner table, and that’s when it hit me: Mojo. Cage. Wheel. Man. Modern life. Computer. And in the middle of it: wood chips. That’s it, if Man can spend his day working as a hamster without ever moving, why don’t he act as one on his free time? I cut off a dishwasher box that was on it’s way to recycling as soon as I got this idea, and it was just perfect because of it’s rigidness and the fact that it once served to protect and carry an industrialized product and is now being part of another one, which shows just how proud one who sits on a chair made of cardboard should be.
This is a chair for people not worried if they’re gonna get pieces of cardboard on their clothes, this is for people who want to get pieces of cardboard on their clothes, people who wanna show the world they just sat on a cardboard chair and they liked it, or maybe they didn’t, but did go through the experience of sitting on it.