PHILIPP KÄFER: THE NO CARDBOARD PROJECT
The structure of the material of this lightweight and durable multifunctional furniture piece by Berlin based designer Philipp Käfer reminds of corrugated cardboard while it is actually made of metal sheets. Its triple layered structure is composed of one corrugated sheet glued with a strong adhesive between two flat ones, each made from coated aluminum – a well known technique in the field of aircraft and vehicle construction but new in the furniture industry. The material, which is at most one millimeter thick, can easily be bent into shape. Joining three together into a ‘sandwich’ creates an incredibly strong product, able to withstand hundreds of kilos, and providing a high-level of rigidity whilst being very thin, light and resistant to corrosion. Philipp Käfer was born and grew up in Neuburg a. d. Donau, Germany. He studied in Coburg, worked for Hella Jongerius in Berlin, Joris Laarmann, Gijs Bakker Design, and Chi ha paura…? in Amsterdam, and researched on “Affordable housing for Indigenous Australians in remote areas“ for the Blue Sky Design Group in Sydney, Australia. The piece can be purchased directly from the designer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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