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Recycled Paperpulp Cabinet by Debbie Wijskamp

Posted By Moe Beitiks On November 3, 2009 @ 3:30 pm In Art,Design,Green Furniture,Innovation,Recycled Materials,Sustainable Materials | 4 Comments

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It never ceases to surprise us that much of good, sustainable design is also deliciously fun. Take Debbie Wijskamp’s paperpulp cabinets [1], for instance. They are what their name implies: drawers and shelves made out of pureed paper mache [2]. And while I want to write sophisticated sentences with phrases like ‘materials reuse’ and ‘resource conservation,’ I just can’t help thinking about how glorious it must be, in a third-grade sort of way, to mash paper into furniture. Wijskamp’s process validates these daydreams.

You can watch as the designer churns gobs of glorious goo in a bucket, then shapes it into molds in this video [3]. The dried cabinet pieces fit together like a puzzle, which she then glues and caulks into a solid mass. The resulting cabinetry looks like it was made from igloos, cookies, styrofoam, rice cakes, or snow — depending on what you played with as a kid.

The stacked pulp was recently on display in Eindhoven [4] as part of the designhuis [5] exhibition “Talent 2009” for Dutch Design Week [6]. That’s all well and good, but my question is: will there be paper pulp fights? I’m ready to fight other grown-up children in the name of sustainability.

+ Debbie Wijskamp [1]

Via Designboom [7]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Debbie Wijskamp’s paperpulp cabinets: http://www.debbiewijskamp.com/

[2] paper mache: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/22/5000-dollar-recycled-paper-house-by/

[3] in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAA6dL7wLoc&feature=player_embedded

[4] Eindhoven: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eindhoven

[5] designhuis: http://www.designhuis.com/

[6] Dutch Design Week: http://www.dutchdesignweek.nl/

[7] Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/7904/debbie-wijskamp-paperpulp-cabinet.html

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