These are ready to assemble ‘right out of the box’ or perhaps more specifically: directly from the box itself. Initially, they look like ordinary cardboard packing, shipping or storage boxes but these flat-pack objects hide impressive multifunctional furniture features.
There are many wonderful new green materials out there, but when it comes to simple sustainability cardboard is still king. With a little imagination, designer Janine Perkuhn envisions a whole series of environmentally-friendly mini-design project possibilities from a solitary box or set of combined boxes – everything from little DIY desks, dressers, bookcases to hybrid furniture products, stackable storage units and temporary-seating stools while you unpack and set up the rest of your new home’s interior.
Using the flexible-but-rigid properties of cardboard, this is as much an exercise in (yes, it has to be said) ‘out of the box thinking’ as it is a practical design project. Reusing boxes is a difficult task after a move, as unpacking each one leaves less and less space for the boxes themselves – but provides a great opportunity to at least create an intermediate interior design around these transit vessels, a way to give them a purpose before they are packed flat for future use.
“Move is a packing box which can be folded and reused as furniture once it is unpacked. Re-usage and eco-material make Move sustainable and inexpensive at the same time. Corrugated cardboard is bio-degradable, 100% recyclable and yet extremely stable.”
It’s kind of amazing what cardboard can do, isn’t it? A lot of people think of it as a waste material, but it’s capable of serving many more purposes than that. Some companies have made their entire workspace headquarters out of cardboard, and designers have made flat pack cardboard kits that transform into fold-out lamps, surprisingly comfortable upcycled furniture sets and even backpacks that transform into desks for school.