Upcycling paper into new wood : NewspaperwoodBy Jop Timmers
Sometimes you need to see something twice before you really see it. This happened to me when I was in my favourite concept store Friday Next, in Amsterdam the other day.
At first I saw a nice little cupboard by Breg Hansen, it had nice wooden planks with a rather specific type of wood print. Then my eye was caught by a newspaper lying close to it, I opened it and then I realised that the wooden planks were in fact made from newspapers. Being a designer and the son of a newspaper journalist I was instantly intrigued with the material.
This is the story in short: In a design project at the Design Academy Mieke Meijer created a way to turn unsold or misprinted newspapers into a renewed material: NewspaperWood. It is an upcycling process of paper back into wood. Basically, newspapers are glued together with a sustainable glue (free of plasticizers and solvents) and become paper logs. The logs can than be processed like normal wood. So you can saw it into planks, or mill it or do with it whatever you normally like doing with wood.
In a close cooperation with designlabel Vij5, the material was improved and beautiful peaces of furniture were created over the last couple of years. Nice example: Tessa Kuyvenhoven’s wood turned stool with pine wood core.
Source: designlabel Vij5
See it: Friday Next