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Alena Sobotkov√°
paper recycling coffee table cardboard bioplastic desk-top upcycling

Short Description

PapeerStack is a project of creating paper based boards, which are then used in furniture design.

Detailed Description

The story behind this project is the passion for sustainability, reusing materials and reducing waste materials - post-consumer paper. The main idea was to reuse paper and use it for the manufacture of paper-based boards. They should be another option for furniture desk-tops instead of particleboards or MDF boards. In this project, the boards are created either from cardboard or office paper, collected from local waste centers around Brno, Czechia. They are pressed with high temperature together with bioplastic. They are very strong and also resistant towards water. I have used the boards for the manufacture of coffee tables PapeerStack, where the table-top is made of paper-based boards and the construction is made of oak wood. Although there are many other variations possible, like different type of wood, surface finish or type of paper which can influence the final color of the boards. All the products are designed with the circular economy rules with locally produced materials.

Project Details

Does your design take social and cultural challenges and human wellbeing into consideration?

Design of tables PapeerStack is taking into consideration both social and cultural challenges, but also human wellbeing in a way of moving very often, which is many time happening to young people, especially students, who are moving several time from one apartment to another. The tables are very easy to disassemble since they have been designed in RTA(Ready to Assemble) way. It is very fast too so it should help the people with faster packing while needed.

Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?

It supports sustainable production in the way of reusing wastepaper, which is upcycled into new product - paper-based boards. It is also designed in a circular way, because the boards can be broken down into smaller pieces again and the new boards can be pressed. The construction of wood is also sustainable and renewable natural material.

Does your design use principles of distribution and open source?

The construction can be manufactured by CNC machine, which means that the 3d model and data can be sended and downloaded globally. Also the paper-based boards should be very easy to manufactured anywhere, while using local waste material and local wood.

Does your design promote awareness of responsible design and consumption?

It promotes awareness of responsible design in a way of reusing paper. It is showing that there are possibilities for paper, when it can not be used for the manufacture of regular paper anymore. It is possible to use either egg trays, old corrugated cardboard, but also office paper which was already used. It is also showing, that it is possible to adjust the tables by yourself later on and give it another look over years - like pressing new paper board with additive of colour pigments or painting the wooden construction.