Newspaper Wood | Mieke Meijer together with Vij5

NewspaperWood desk by Greetje van Tiem

Thanks to Stacey Sheppard I have discovered Newspaper wood. I knew it is possible to make wood with paper, but this technology is even more interesting.

From Stacey’s article: “Meike Meijer, a Dutch design student who, acutely aware of the enormous amount of newspapers and magazines that are discarded and recycled into new paper each day, decided that there was potentially a better use for yesterday’s news.

It was during her studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003 that came up with the idea of NewspaperWood, a production process whereby wood, that had been turned into paper, could be transformed once again back into wood. Meike started her experimentation by taking some glue and a roller and sticking layer upon layer of paper together until the first paper ‘log’ was created.

Further experimentation revealed that when a NewspaperWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resembles  the aesthetic of real wood. Meike also discovered that material can be cut, milled and sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood. Needless to say she passed her course, but her new invention sadly ended up in a box at the back of her wardrobe.

NewspaperWood frames by Ontwerpduo

It wasn’t until 2007 when she met Arjan and Anieke of designlabel Vij5 that interest in Meike’s new material was revived. The following year the team presented the material during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and the response was overwhelming. In 2009, the material was even nominated for the ‘Doenmateriaalprijs’, a Dutch award for the sustainable and innovative use of materials.

NewspaperWood lamp by Christian Kocx

Eventually the team decided that it was time to really put the material to the test and they sent out invitations to other designers asking them to come up with their own designs using Meike’s new material. A range of prototype objects and furniture, including jewellery, a lamp and a display cabinet, were created by a talent group of young designers and the first collection was exhibited in Milan earlier this year“.

via Search Results paper wood « Stacey Sheppard’s Blog.

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