No Joke: These Guys Really Do Work Out of a Cardboard Box

nothing's cardboard office

When the employees at Nothing, an Amsterdam ad agency, say they work out of a cardboard box, most people are probably think they're making a joke about their cheap-o bosses. They're not, and the bosses aren't being cheap at all. Rather, they commissioned Alrik Koudenburg and Joost van Bleiswijk to create all of their office furniture using only cardboard. The results are pretty impressive, but they'll only grow more interesting over time, since visitors are encouraged to mark up the surfaces with anything they please, making the entire office a palimpsest. It's worth noting that cardboard furniture has a long history: Frank Gehry's cardboard line is a modern classic that's been in production for thirty years; Design Within Reach used to carry an excellent cardboard desk that I owned for a while. It's a great material: Light,strong, green, and warm-looking.

nothing's cardboard office

nothing's cardboard office

nothing's cardboard office

nothing's cardboard office

nothing's cardboard office

nothing's cardboard office

nothing's cardboard office

nothing's cardboard office

[Via Creative Review]

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21 Comments

  • jack bosto

    office furniture is looking so stylish and simple i like this concept of designing office furniture. computer table and chairs so interesting and very comfortable

  • jack bosto

    office furniture are looking so nice and well design. i like to that concept for office furnishing.really it is so comfortable and computer table is looking very simple and attractive

  • Wilson Wong

    Its already done in Malaysia. Forgot the name but there's one large exporter of all kinds of furniture and fittings from cardboard. Interesting, but what about the smell over time?
    www.global-esolutions.com

  • wade flanagan

    Now all they need is a couple of blumebox flower vases to add some color!

  • Anders Wedendahl

    I'm surprised that such an office can be approved especially with such a high fire risk. I'm not sure that the government i Denmark would allow the use of such furniture. I'm really just guessing. However, it is a very nice idea and a very interesting way to deal with sustainability and recycleable furniture. I hope we will be seeing more of this in the future, especially now when the global focus is on becoming more "green".

  • Rick Thomchick

    beautiful...but having built cardboard furniture, I can tell you that it is rather smelly. Not sure I'd want to be surrounded with that odor.

  • Colin Hutt

    This and the Lego story are cool examples of office design done right that can also lead to good publicity. Companies often forget to consider things like this for PR opportunities.

  • Jason Liebe

    This is so cool.

    Regarding what someone said about a fire. If it did catch, I think cardboard would burn quickly and at a low temperature. I also think fire suppression would be easier with cardboard vs materials you'd find in a standard office.

  • Brian Kurtz

    I'm thinking that a little fire could become a BIG problem in a place like this.

  • Jean Vincent

    Cardboard furniture is really cool. Uses less wood, lightweight, reconfigurable.