Cardboard furniture entered in to our lives in the 60’s as being cheap and light alternative to traditional furniture.

At the time there were many experiments on the cardboard furniture to calculate its strength but cardboard failed to be as supportive as plastic which is just as light.

One day Frank Gehry found a pile of corrugated cardboard outside of his office, while Gehry usually prefers to use this kind of material making architectural models, he decides to experiment on them by gluing them together and cutting them into different shapes with a hand saw. By this experiment he realizes that transforming blocks of cardboard into cardboard sculptors is possible.

Gehry named this material Edge Board; this material consisted of layers of corrugated cardboard placed in alternating direction and glued together. By the year 1972 Gehry introduces a series of furniture called ‘Easy Edges’. These furniture series has the noise reducing effect due to the material it’s made of. These designs catch a lot of attention due to its sustainability and its input into the cardboard furniture making, and overnight Gehry became a famous furniture designer.

Gehry states . “ I started to feel threatened. I closed myself off for weeks at a time in a room to rethink my life. I decided that I was an architect, not a furniture designer … and I simply stopped doing it.”

Some of very famous buildings by Gehry are; Guggenheim Museum in Balboa, Spain and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA.





Date: 1972 Designer: Frank Gehry

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