New paper materials

Paper as we all know come in many different types and qualities and almost any fibrous material can be made into paper.  But through this project I have come across a couple of materials that are more like a merge; paper pottery and paper wood.

NewspaperWood is a bit ironic in the way it is trying to make the very thing that is broken down to produce paper in the first place. But it is a clever idea about recycling or up-cycling and making something useful and innovative out of our waste. NewspaperWood is a recently (2008) developed material by Mieke Meijer in collaboration with Dutch design company Vij5. It consists of old or left over newspapers that have been rolled into logs and glued together with glue free of solvents and plasticisers so the waste and the product can go back into the already existent cycle of paper recycling. The logs can then be milled, sanded, and treated pretty much just like normal lumber, and the final planks even show a grain similar to real wood.


After further developing the initial idea of NewspaperWood Meijer and Vij5 decided to give the material to a group of young talented designers to try it out and help them develop their first product collection.[1] Here are some examples.


Breg Hanssen, Framed, 2011. NewspaperWood planks, steel, 84 x 104 x 42 cm.

Tessa Kyvenhoven, NewspaperWood Stool, 2011. NewspaperWood massive roll, pine wood core, 34 x 44 cm.

All images from (accessed November 14, 2011).


Paper pottery

Ceylon Paper Pottery have developed a product where they mix sea sand, recycled paper and natural rubber to form a clay like material which is both flexible, waterproof and biodegradable. Their products are handmade by Sri Lankan women supporting the local community by allowing these women to work from home and still earn an income.[2] It sound like quite an exciting product that would be nice to touch and have a play with, the designs are also organic and have a soft almost felted look.

Images from (accessed November 15, 2011).

[1] (accessed November 14, 2011)

[2] (accessed November 15, 2011)

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