Designer Alain Bertreau creates simple furniture that cuts out excess materials and effort, leaves an overall serene and minimalistic impression, and packs light. We’ve covered Bertreau’s Instant Chair and his Modular Fence Chair but we only just glanced at his latest project, the Cover pouf, and it deserves a second look. Cover challenges our notion of package design by turning a cardboard box into the base of a waste-free pouf that is fun, functional and easily recyclable.

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The Cover stool comes in or, depending on perspective, as a sturdy box with a foam pad inside. Just zip the pad around the box and you’ve managed assembly and clean-up in one fell swoop. When the pouf reaches the end of its functionality in your life, you can send the box-turned-furniture off to recycling.

In a MocoLoco interview last May, Berteau said this to creating more stuff in an overflowing world: “It’s very easy to design with style but it’s really difficult to invent relevant solutions. Things can always be improved…at least I’m trying.” This kind of forward thinking earned Bertreau a 2007 Index Award for this effortless eco-piece. The Cover pouf is the first in what will be a complete line of furniture produced by MONTIS and super green Danish fabric manufacturer Kvadrat.

Via MocoLoco