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Recycled Cardboard Houses a Whole Office

The headquarters of advertising agency Nothing in Amsterdam have been created with a really tight budget and little time, but with plenty of creativity.

The agency had an empty white box apartment in The Netherlands´capital but they needed to create a comfortable working environment inside that could reflect their cutting-edge philosophy to clients and visitors coming into their space.

Nothing Agency’s Office is Built From Recycled Cardboard

Image source: www.alrik.nl

Product designer Joost Van Bleiswijk and design director Alrik Koudenburg were called to do the job, creating a unique sustainable space made from one single material: cardboard.

Extremely versatile, recycled, readily available and super cheap, cardboard is easy to work with and can be surprisingly strong.

Nothing Agency’s Office is Built From Recycled Cardboard

Image source: www.alrik.nl

Koudenburg explains the decision behind using cardboard for Nothing´s interiors:

“Nothing is about the power of ideas, how a single idea can transform nothing into something. Using a cheap throw-away material to build a unique and memorable work space, seemed a good way to materialize this thought”

Nothing Agency’s Office is Built From Recycled Cardboard

Image source: www.alrik.nl

The designers used Van Bleiswijk’s “no glue, no screw” technique to create a self-standing design with fantastic aesthetics. That is how desks, walls, stairs, columns and bookshelves were all made from the humble material within a few days of work.

Sheets of 15 mm honeycomb cardboard were carefully cut and folded creating structurally stable interiors that can be adapted to changing needs, can be customized and if for any reason a tabletop gets damaged, a new one is easy to get and can be easily cut to size to replace the old one.

Nothing Agency’s Office is Built From Recycled Cardboard

Image source: www.alrik.nl

To make the space even better and more unique the designers called up local street artists who illustrated some areas of the cardboard office with characters and illustrations.

Sustainable, versatile and timeless, this amazing cardboard office can be recycled at the end of its lifetime to create new raw material to keep designing new products or spaces creating new useful things almost out of nothing.

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