The fact is that wood is a source of paper, right? What if we reversed the model and paper became the source and wood the final product? This was the concept behind Mieke Meijer‘s project at the Design Academy Eindhoven: with so much paper as the end result of making newspapers, Mieke envisioned an opportunity to up-cycle the process and re-create wood.
The most practical way that he found to re-create this was to take a stack of newspapers, gluing them one by one, rolling it as tight as possible. He found that, through aggregation, it started to take form, it became NewspaperWood. This experiment proved to have some similarities to actual wood as it deformed and could be sandpapered.
But it wasn’t until 4 years later that this experiment became viable as a marketing product. In 2007 Meijer met Arjan van Raadshooven and Anieke Branderhorst of Dutch design label Vij5, known for a collection of interior products characterized by their simplicity, ingenuity and the use of existing elements, as well as all the necessary processes to production, assembly and marketing.
As a realized product, NewspaperWood is an interesting and environmentally friendly way to use paper and shape it to create new textures, forms, furniture and other products.
NewspaperWood was exhibited in Milan Design Week 2011, for which Vij5 invited a team of young Dutch designers – rENs, Breg Hanssen, Greetje van Tiem, Ontwerpduo, Floris Hovers, Christian Kocx & Tessa Kuyvenhoven – to experiment with NewspaperWood for their first time.
The same way they ventured into helping a young designer polish the initial idea, they gave the polished material back to the designers to see what they would come up with. Vij5‘s exhibition in Ventura Lambrate was held in a decayed car garage to add more character to this diverse and exciting set of NewspaperWood products.
The results are not only viable as products but are actually interesting and attractive. Who wouldn’t want to have one of these unique pieces in a corner of their home?