This newspaper wood is a new product developed by Mieke Meijer for design company Vij5. Made from recycled newspaper, the wood is rolled together using a specially developed machine to produce logs, which can be milled into planks with similar properties to real wood.
Impressively, the kranthout also replicates the grain of natural wood, which reveals streaks of text or color when planks are cut. They can be drilled, sanded, and modified just like real wood. So far only small logs are planned, but as the construction process is refined, they could end up making larger logs for more substantial applications.
Since large amounts of newspaper are recycled every day, the raw product for kranthout logs is both cheap and readily available. Kranthout has been exhibited as part of Dutch Design Week in the "Rematerializing the Future" exhibit by Material Sense.
(Images by Vij5)