Swedish flatpack furniture manufacturer IKEA keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to affordable design – and the company is currently developing a new line of furniture made entirely out of paper! The new sofas, chairs, tables, bookshelves and stools will be made from a composite of repurposed pulp, and the company has developed a process for pressure-molding paper into hyper-resilient forms.
The company plans to launch the new line in May 2017 and has built several production facilities, the first of which is located in Sweden. They claim that the items will be extremely affordable, with some pieces costing just a few dollars. At the moment, the team is producing prototypes and perfecting the designs.
When it comes to upholstered pieces of furniture, the fabric itself may or may not contain paper, depending on the item and design, but the construction and supports will be made entirely of paper. The main challenge at the moment is a logistical one and relates to the shipping processes and sourcing the material in an economically viable way. We can’t wait to see the actual items in our local showroom, but it looks like we’ll have to wait for a little while before that happens.