Cartonnistes DIY Cardboard Furniture

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We're now looking at all the large cardboard boxes in a new light after seeing these impressive DIY furniture creations made by the Parisian artist collective known as the Cartonnistes. Founder Eric Guiomar began creating cardboard furniture after looking for affordable and lightweight seating, and now offers classes in the construction technique he developed...

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The materials used are readily available and easy to find. Add a few dollars worth of glue, paints, pigments and water-based varnishes, buy another $50 worth of tools and you are ready to start production as an art, a hobby or a business.

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You can check out a real life project following the Cartonnistes' technique here; looks like a lot of trial and error but a fun project if you have the time and space. Order your own instructional DVD here.

And it looks like New Yorkers will have the opportunity to participate in cardboard furniture workshops from September 20th-28th. We can only hope the La Compagnie Bleuzen decide to make a west coast trip in the near future.