Mike Chino

Cutting-Edge Cardboard Interior in Greece

by , 05/01/08

Yiorgos Eleftheriades Athens, Papercut interior sculpture, dARCH Studio Athens, eco-friendly materials, recycled materials, sustainable interior design, cardboard paper sculpture, Yeshop1

We love this beautifully sculpted cardboard mille-feuille that lines the walls of Yiorgos Eleftheriades‘ Yeshop in Athens. Dubbed “Papercut”, the project was a collaboration between the fashion designer and dARCH Studio. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to interior design, synthesizing elements of fashion and architecture into a streamlined, self-illuminated, biomorphic installation that was handmade using all eco-friendly materials.


Yiorgos Eleftheriades Athens, Papercut interior sculpture, dARCH Studio Athens, eco-friendly materials, recycled materials, sustainable interior design, cardboard paper sculpture, Yeshop2

dARCH Studio founder and architect Elina Drossou said “The need to synthesize the two different approaches to design was the focal point of this project. Concepts and practices used in fashion design were incorporated as organizational principles during the design and the construction phases of the project.”

The installation is composed entirely of re-purposed packing cartons, and was constructed around the space’s existing furniture to create a seamless, streamlined effect. dARCH Studio” built the fluid framework from 1,500 sheets of 5mm thick corrugated cardboard, which were cut into strips and then carefully pasted along an entire wall of the 90 square meter shop. Integrated illumination transforms the built-in boxes to display cases that dynamically frame Eleftheriades’ wares. The innovative installation cost 2,500 Euros, and is a stunning example of thinking outside of the down-cycling loop.

+ dARCH Studio
+ Yiorgos Eleftheriades

Via designspotter.com
Photo credit: Vasilis Skopelitis

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4 Comments

  1. PakoS March 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    It look great but I just wonder how the corrugated cardboard was ‘pasted’ together?!! Is it actually glued? What kind of glue? How much glue was needed? is it still eco-friendly?

  2. elsahats January 7, 2009 at 7:15 am

    the work presented is extremely ineteresting and oh yes it was about time to do something so that we can finally start changing the view of the endless garbage valleys in our country…

  3. leclairmc July 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    wow, I love the texture of that corrugated cardboard, it makes me think of Frank Gehry’s chairs and stools made out of cardboard. I only hope that all the materials used were recicled!
    But, still then, the result is awesome!

  4. Brian Lang May 1, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    This is neat. Has some of the look of sandstone. I do have to wonder about the longevity of the material – it probably will be very easy to damage. Also, what happens at it’s end of life? Can it still be recycled?

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