NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5

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.

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...