NewspaperWood
by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

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Dutch designer Mieke Meijer and Dutch design studio Vij5 presented a wood-like material made from recycled newspapers at Ventura Lambrate in Milan last month. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Reading Light by Christian Kocx

NewspaperWood is made by gluing the papers together and then cutting or sanding them to reveal lines that are similar to a wood grain.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Reading Light by Christian Kocx

The material has been used by designers rENs, Breg Hanssen, Greetje van Tiem, Ontwerpduo, Floris Hovers, Christian Kocx and Tessa Kuyvenhoven to create a range of prototype objects and furniture, including jewellery, a lamp and a display cabinet, which were shown in Milan.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Press to Open by Floris Hovers

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NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Press to Open by Floris Hovers

Here are some more details from Mieke Meijer and Vij5:


NewspaperWood | KrantHout

project development & collection | Vij5
material concept | Mieke Meijer
first prototype collection designed by | rENs, Breg Hanssen, Greetje van Tiem, Ontwerpduo, Floris Hovers, Christian Kocx & Tessa Kuyvenhoven

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Paper Frames by Ontwerpduo

The layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree ...
by designlabel Vij5

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Paper Frames by Ontwerpduo

Introducing a new material: NewspaperWood

EN Every day, piles of newspapers are discarded and recycled into new paper.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Framed by Breg Hanssen

During her study at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, Mieke Meijer devised a solution to use this surplus of paper into a renewed material: NewspaperWood.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Framed by Breg Hanssen

NewspaperWood shows a reversing of a traditional production process; not from wood to paper, but the other way around.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Display Cabinet by rENs

When a NewspaperWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resembles the aesthetic of real wood.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Display Cabinet by rENs

The material can be cut, milled and sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood.

Upcycling

About the environmental impact of NewspaperWood

NewspaperWood does not aim to be a large scale alternative to wood, nor to use all paper waste into a new material.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

From A to Z by Greetje van Tiem

The main theme in the project is 'upcycling' with which we show how you can change a surplus of material into something more valuable by using it in another context.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

From A to Z by Greetje van Tiem

Although printing techniques for newspapers are nowadays efficient enough to reduce the test prints and first unusable newspapers to a minimum, there still is enough material available.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Next to that we use yesterday's newspapers: the newspapers that are printed but not sold and will turn out to be old news the next day anyway .. a perfect local source for our basic material!

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

United by Tessa Kuyvenhoven

To actually upcycle the newspapers into our new wood-like material, we (temporarily) take the newspapers out of the already existing and efficient cycle of paper-recycling.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

United by Tessa Kuyvenhoven

We think it would be ideal to be able to bring our own waste material back into the circle again.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Sample Series by rENs

Therefore we use a glue to construct the material which is free of solvents and plastici-zers which would make it more difficult to recycle.

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

Sample Series by rENs

With this it is not only possible to put our own sawing and sandpapering waste back into the circle, but also to bring the NewspaperWood products to the scrap yard for recycling, although we hope they will be cherished for a long time...


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  • Mks

    Typical Eindhoven design. But again, perfect, simple, thoughtful work.

  • http://goo.gl/savue Daniela

    This effect is truly remarkable, I love the idea of reconstituting the planks from the pulp. But do people still read print newspapers anymore!? I'd be interesting hearing more about the sustainability of the glue.

    • Yuki

      Why focus on some glue that is used for a small project rather than on a much bigger pollutants like bigger design companies?

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    That's pretty exciting! It would be great if the technology were leased so it could be applied world-wide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gunnara Gunnar Ágústsson

    Who would think taking paper back to the "wood" could be so cool?!
    A grey "wood"! Again – so cool!
    Interesting how this will evolve further (hint hint to all the designers out there)

  • eel

    how stiff is it?, water resistant as wood do?

  • http://brocadedesignetc.blogspot.com/ brocade home

    what a great sustainable material! its beautiful as well

  • http://www.facebook.com/LIVEN.LYLE Liven Lyle Jansen

    Thats pretty incredible!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashik-Jaffer-Ali/562702937 Ashik Jaffer-Ali

    Quite innovative!

  • polly

    yeah typical as mks states. hmm but not perfect

  • http://twitter.com/Ginothy @Ginothy

    Ingenious idea. Not sure exactly what Polly means with regards to it being 'not perfect'. But seems to work very successfully applied in the way shown above. Quite an exciting and beautiful material development with lots of potential. But I agree it would be great to know more about it's properties to see how it might be developed and applied further?

  • http://www.thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com thedisgruntledarchitect

    This is a cool concept, but not completely original – this product and production process is vaguely reminiscent of oriented strand board. I do like the application as a reuse and recycle product and I am also interested in its durability and strength. Clever and interesting, thanks for the post!

  • Jan

    I dont really get the point in remaking a material to something that`s already exist and that there is good access to. And then add a lot of glue, i think it wood be better to recycle the paper.

  • Jenny

    I've seen this idea of newspaper wood by an artist in New York previously. Pretty cool application though.

  • Jin

    a new material for material's sake

  • dhamphir

    this wood is so screwed up