It never ceases to surprise us that much of good, sustainable design is also deliciously fun. Take Debbie Wijskamp’s paperpulp cabinets, for instance. They are what their name implies: drawers and shelves made out of pureed paper mache. 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.

Continue reading below
Our Featured Videos

You can watch as the designer churns gobs of glorious goo in a bucket, then shapes it into molds in this video. 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 as part of the designhuis exhibition “Talent 2009” for Dutch Design Week. 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

Via Designboom