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Olivia Chen

Diseno Cartonero: Recycled Cardboard Eco-Furniture

by , 01/23/09

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From incredible corrugated sculptures to eco-friendly furniture, we’re constantly amazed by inspired new uses for cardboard. The rather ubiquitous brown material has proven itself time and time again as a versatile material for creating objects of wonder, and the latest creations to catch our eye are the works of Argentina-based artist Santiago Morahan. His Diseno Cartonero (roughly translated to “Garbage Collector Design”) project creates functional and elegant pieces of furniture from cast-off cardboard scavenged by garbage collectors.

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Besides being nice to look at, Morahan’s pieces exemplify a certain humanitarian spirit through his own version of fair trade. The artist collects his recycled cardboard materials by purchasing it from garbage collectors (or cartoneros) at a higher price than they would receive at a recycling facility. Morahan then makes all his pieces by hand, so that each becomes a unique creative expression.

A thoroughly eco-friendly process from the collection of materials to the crafting of each piece, Morahan showcases the beauty and functionality of a material that is often considered trash.

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Via Treehugger

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2 Comments

  1. luluxxxrox June 27, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Hey everyone. I think these designs are amazing and they look VERY eco-friendly. I wish I could make stuff like that, but I’m not very good at designing things. Mine wouldn’t be even be half as good as yours. Hope to see more soon. I’m glad I looked up cardboard then :D

  2. yoanna8 June 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    don’t EVER get it WET, lol

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