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Diseno Cartonero: Recycled Cardboard Eco-Furniture
Posted By Olivia Chen On January 23, 2009 @ 3:00 pm In Art,green furniture,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments
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.
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.
Via Treehugger 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/23/eco-furniture-santiago-morahan-diseno-cartonero/
 sculptures: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/11/mark-langan-recycled-cardboard-art/
 furniture: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/03/22/foldschool-diy-foldup-cardboard-furniture-for-kids/
 Santiago Morahan: http://disenocartonero.blogspot.com
 Diseno Cartonero: http://disenocartonero.blogspot.com/
 + Sustentable Festival: http://www.diseniosustentable.org/?festival_sustentable
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/recycled-cardboard-accessories-diseno-cartonero-santiago-morahan.php
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