Saturday, January 14, 2012

Something Sensational for Saturday: NewspaperWood!



NewspaperWood   via Via5




Wow. NewspaperWood. That's wood made from recycled newspapers. Gotta tell ya, when I first saw this, the first thing that came into my head were the Smencils that my seven and nine year old daughters covet (for those who don't know, Smencils are "gourmet scented" pencils made from recycled newspaper that come in scents such as Root Beer, Orange, etc., and are hugely popular among the tween crowd.) 




Smencils  via pencils.com



Smencils: Gourmet Scented Pencils






But getting back to the newspaper wood;

NewspaperWood   via Via5




NewspaperWood   via Vij5



The brainchild of Mieke Meijer from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Meijer envisioned recreating wood from used newspapers - a sort of reverse recycling - and it worked!


By using a process of aggregation (gluing, rolling and pressing stacks of newspaper together) Meijer came up with the initial idea, and later working with mentors and designers Arjan van Raadshooven and Anieke Branderhorst from the design label Vij5, together they fine-tuned the process of making NewspaperWood.


The finished product is not meant to be a replacement for actual wood, but is a unique new way to use newspaper. NewspaperWood can be shaped into many forms and can be made into furniture and other products. Take a look.





NewspaperWood jewelry by rENs  via Via5






NewspaperWood jewelry by rENs  via Via5



"From A to Z"   NewspaperWood desk by Greetje van Tiem via Via5



"From A to Z"   NewspaperWood desk by Greetje van Tiem via Via5




What do you think?



5 comments:

  1. Wow, really cool. Thanks for introducing me to something completely new!

    Stopping by from Etsy Blog Team

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  2. Interesting stuff. Certainly get you thinking.

    - The Tablescaper

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  3. A beautiful way to recycle! Love it!

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    1. Very interesting. Kind of like plywood but with paper. I used to work in a pulp and paper mill. This newspaper wood reminds me of a product we made out of heavy liner board (cardboard) layers that had been glued together. The market was cubicle partition walls - they would cover the stuff with fabric and no one knew the difference.

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