Gruff by Arno Mathies



Milan 09: Gruff is a collection of cardboard furmiture by Arno Mathies of Real-Made, exhibited as part of Designhuis at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan last month.


The furniture is made of laminated, corrugated cardboard, assembled using housing joints.


Mathies designed the table while studying at ECAL (University of art and design Lausanne) in Switzerland.


Photos by Michel Bonvin.


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Here's some text from Mathies:


Project name: Gruff

Gruff is mountable and dismountable furniture using 15mm corrugated cardboard. Gruff exists in two versions, an inexpensive all in cardboard version, and a black and white printed version with a glass table top.


Both versions explore the various properties of the material and the structure is composed of two elements repeated twice, that are assembled using housing joints and require no screws. The table top is the final element which guarantees the stability of the whole object.


Considering the choice of material and the method of fabrication, the user can either consider his table as a disposable object or a permanent piece of furniture for household or office use. Gruff is a response to the paradox of a society focused on increasing consumption while trying to achieve sustainable development.

Posted on Tuesday May 19th 2009 at 10:19 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • ANjan

    good done

  • ale

    super great guys!

  • awesome…very basic design but thats the point….

    like the pic where all of them are worries furniture is good…

  • huff

    oh please enough with this cardboard stuff. When will people understand that if we just produce smart essential objects that last then there is no need to build cardboard objects that use more power in their re re re recycling.
    With the amount of transportation space that one of these tables takes, i could ship three quality tables that will outlast cardboard 5 6 7 8 9 fold. do some thinking. good products can last a lifetime.

  • huff

    by producing disposable furniture you only fuel a throwaway mentality.



  • Arno Mathies is in the media now , speeker in design inbada , that’s all … and he is still a student in new luxe section in Ecal , switzerland … crazy world!

  • mikaël

    profz, tu m’ennuies

  • Sorry Michael but i know nowadays the search of notoriety or to be in the major trend is more important for some student designers than real projects…
    May be i dunnot see on photo or understand where is the innovation.
    is it in material? in process?in form?is it slow design without innovation ? explain me …
    PS : when i saw the inflatable table by Philippe Malouin , i saw immediatly the innovation…

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