Monday, March 16, 2009

Free Foldable Furniture

We have a current fascination with furniture made out of cardboard.

We're designing our own booth for an upcoming green conference and of course we want it to be as sustainable as possible. Among other things, we plan to create some DIY modular cardboard shelving units. These pieces should not only look cool — but they need to be sturdy enough to hold some weighty sustainable swag product samples.

As part of our research we discovered the wonderful work of Nicola Enrico Staubli. This contemporary Swiss architect has designed a line of furniture based on folding cardboard. His work is very inspiring, and we believe there could be some relevant applications in green meetings, events, promotions and outreach.

What we find most interesting and endearing about Staubli's approach is that he is not selling the furniture; in fact he is not actually selling anything. His free designs are meant to be constructed by the masses (yes, that means YOU).

Printable templates are downloadable from his Foldschool website. He has several sweet designs for kids pieces. Staubli says the thinking behind foldschool is "To restore design to one of its original missions: to provide a product at an affordable price through a smart manufacturing process." Presumably, by smart manufacturing in this case he means elbow grease. Bravo!