our paper life: cardboard furniture for students
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sep 03, 2011
our paper life: cardboard furniture for students


‘our paper life’ by geoff christou and chris porteous
all images courtesy our paper life

having been frustrated as students with essential but often expensive furnishings,
two recent canadian graduates geoff christou and chris porteous have launched our paper life,
a line of low-cost furniture that is constructed out of 95% post-consumer recycled cardboard.
the pieces have been conceived to meet a very affordable price and require no tools or glue
to assemble together.

currently, the line offers a free-standing shelf unit and desk model that have been respectively
tested to hold 138 and 160 pounds of mass. free of formaldehyde or VOC’s, the pieces stick to
a cradle-to-cradle system and are curbside recyclable at the end of their use. both designs
are shipped flat-packed and take minutes to put together. 


shelf unit


desk surface


flat-packed design


scaled model


weight test


multiple uses and functions

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