Here at Inhabitat, we've seen some pretty innovative designs made from paper, including this super slim paper computer and these crazy columns made from cardboard. But we can honestly say that the three dimensional paperboard robot we saw this week at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair was something we'd never seen before - probably because it's the first of its kind in the world. Conceived and produced by Japanese company Aki, the female-figured robot wowed us with its graceful movements - and the booth's giant yellow giraffe, pinks pigs and other 3D cardboard sculptures had us intrigued as well.
Aki produces the cardboard figures as part of its D-Torso line. The models are created by dividing each 3D figure into horizontal data slices and then cutting each layer out of cardboard. The method is quick, easily scalable and results in products that are much lighter to ship and more cost effective than if the same objects were to be produced using metal, wood or even plastic.
Some of our favorite pieces in the booth, besides the awesome robot, were the towering yellow giraffe and the tiny cardboard cats. Aki also makes unique packaging using the same method, including an adorable penguin-shaped wine holder and a cute pig-shaped package to hold gifts. The cardboard is fully recyclable (we hope to see a recycled cardboard option in the future as well), making these delightful paper sculptures an environmentally friendly option.