The BeeBoard: A Cardboard Desk

by Justin Thomas •

This desk is made out of a recycled cardboard called “BeeBoard”, which is a low-impact construction material, but the acrylic used to coat it might be toxic. Here’s the description: BeeBoard is a layered cardboard with a honeycomb structure. By keeping the BeeBoard exposed, he lets the material provide a densely textured surface that contrasts with the structures’ surprising lightness. …

The Mealbox: A Table That Packs Into a Box

by Justin Thomas •

From Norway, comes this “Mealbox” table — it’s a Japanese-style dining table with chairs that can all be packed in a box, because it is divided into parts that resemble jigsaw puzzle pieces. The table is made of birch plywood reinforced with carbon fiber. Available from Igland Design.

Efficient “Scando” Family Table

by Justin Thomas •

The design of this Scando Family Table was inspired by the combination of Japanese living and watching how children relate to the floor in their daily activities. Designer Eric Pfeiffer created a table that is well crafted and multi-functional. The design makes use of wood efficiently using a single sheet of molded plywood. It’s priced at $315. Available from ModernSeed.

Bent Plywood Overlap Tray by Offi

by Justin Thomas •

Bent plywood is energy efficient in its construction. Also, less wood is wasted because the wood is not milled but molded instead. This overlap tray by Offi is molded plywood with a Baltic birch veneer, and has a cork covered area for your cup of coffee. Read more about Offi here. Available from Amazon for $99.


Danko Persing: Gotham Stackable Chair and Lounge Chair

by Justin Thomas •

These chairs are made from bent maple plywood, using a technique that consumes 1/8 of the wood normally used in construction. The seats are webbed with recycled automobile seatbelt material. As you might expect, this material is extremely strong and does not sag. Danko produces a range of similarly designed furniture in their Pennsylvania workshop. Designer: Peter Danko Website: PeterDanko.Com

AZCAST: 5 Star Glass Table Set

by Justin Thomas •

AZCAST creates furniture from recycled sand-cast aluminum. The aluminum, which comes from used aircraft parts (among other sources) is hand-poured into casts to produce the desired moldings. AZCAST is now starting to utilize recycled glass and plastic in their designs. Designer: Eyreick Williamson Website: Azcast.Com