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Will Holman Creates Molded Cardboard Chair Inspired by Mid-Century Bent Plywood Furniture
In the middle of the last century, design pioneers like Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames began experimenting with bent plywood. By laminating thin veneers of wood, they were able to make organic curved forms that conformed smoothly to the body. Inspired by these masters, Will Holman has been working with a similarly humble material – corrugated cardboard. When clamped into a mold and adhered with wheat paste, cardboard can also be molded into curved shapes. These ergonomic panels are light, cheap, and recycled from alley-salvaged moving boxes. Mounted to a plywood frame, the resultant chair is an exercise in economy, utility, honesty, and simplicity.
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