While a glass top resting on an array of boulders may infuse a certain rustic sensibility into your decor, massive stones are probably not the most practical table base to have in your home (or carry into your home for that matter). But would you think differently if those rocks were actually made from reclaimed cardboard? Using local artists as craftsmen and cardboard as his medium, Brazilian artist Domingos Tótora creates beautiful and sustainable furniture and accent pieces that have exhibited around the world. His process is illustrated below through the fabrication of his Agua Table. After raw cardboard is cut up, it is mixed together with glue.
The cardboard mixture is then molded by hand into the proper form.
After the pieces dry, they are sanded to create the proper finish.
The blog Neon Polish helped to explain a brief history of the background of Domingos' work and his community based approach:
In 1998, Domingos brought local artisans together into a cooperative known as Gente de Fibra that manufactures his pieces. Through this cooperative, he has helped transform the struggling agrarian-based economy into one that thrives on the craftsmanship and skill of local artisans. Each item is hand crafted in a harmonious collective manner. The farmhouse and banana plantation owned by his family are where some of the pieces are manufactured today.To see more of Domingos' sustainable designs, including benches, vases and bowls, visit Do Not Touch. (Images: The Contemporist)