Cardboard Dining table & 6 chairs, UK, 1971
A truly unique dining set constructed entirely of cardboard. It was made by the son of a couple that owned a cardboard box manufactures in the West Midlands (UK). Apparently on his return from Art School he decided that the factory were wasting too much cardboard, and decided to make furniture with the remnants. This set was made for family friends in 1971 and has been in their home since then. At first there was some worry about the use of material, but not long after a 18 stone friend danced on the table they trusted its strength.
Interesting construction methods in order to maintain rigidity have almost forced the design of the furniture. Monolithic in appearance but fun in its innovative use of a waste product that seems “throw-away”, yet it has lasted nearly 50 years in constant use.
It seems to have been painted a few times, and most recently glossy grey, which has signs of wear.
cardboard, metal/plastic pins, foam and corduroy cushions
L 1530 x W 900 x H 730