woojai lee is a korean-new zealander artist who explores paper recycling in more sustainable ways. indeed, this material is one of the most produced and discarded in the world. although it can be recycled, the process is not indefinite because the quality worsens after every cycle. therefore, the designer decided to extend its usability through his concept entitled ‘paperbricks’.
detail of the product
woojai lee’s project consists of crafting objects using recycled newspapers, which are first turned into pulps and mixed with glue. the product is then shaped into bricks. the result is a marble-like surface with the same delicate texture of paper. however, the final structure is as solid as an actual brick.
close-up revealing the texture and shape
following his initial idea, the artist created the paperbricks pallet series to show how the bricks could be constructively transformed into furniture. his collection currently consists of a bench and two coffee tables.
paperbricks pallet series: coffee tables and bench
the coffee tables are as stable as regular furniture
demonstrating how sturdy the bench is
the final outcome creates a marble-like color
detail of the bench
black coffee table
blue coffee table
edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom