This may sound odd, but as a little girl I was fascinated by cardboard boxes. I found a thousands things to do with them – from building castles to making a little theatre and even creating the odd robot. A simple brown box could transform my imagination.
So when the book, Outside the Box: Cardboard Now, landed on the Design Week editorial desk, these memories came back to me and my interest was refuelled.
The book by Michael Czerwinski and Santiago Perez, launched this month, explores contemporary cardboard design and illustrates its many practical and creative uses, not only as a material for children’s toys, decoration, furniture and interiors, but also as ‘a sustainable and durable material with endless potential’.
Czerwinski investigates the historical and traditional uses through to modern practices, while Perez surveys structural and material innovations. The fully illustrated book also profiles the work of renowned individuals and design houses under the headlines packaging, product, furniture, art and architecture.
Work featured includes Frank Gehry’s iconic Wiggle Chair, French company Mitik’s imaginative toys and Amsterdam-based company Nothing’s use of cardboard to build an office.
As Czerwinski claims the ‘world seems ready to accept the potential of cardboard’, I can say for sure that my five-year-old self completely agrees.
Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now by Michael Czerwinski and Santiago Perez is published by Black Dog Publishing this month, priced £19.95