Cardboard

  • Plenty of DJs have a cheesy taste in music, but none have ever taken it so far as to play their records on a pizza box. They can now though, courtesy of Pizza Hut's newly-created playable pizza box turntables, which connect to DJ software on a laptop or mobile device to put pizza fans in the mix.
  • Last year, Signal Snowboards and Fender made a one-off cardboard Stratocaster that sounded much better than it looked. Now French startup Obilab is introducing a new member to the band in the shape of a cardboard drum kit that collapses down to be carried like a backpack between gigs.​
  • Living in a cardboard box generally means you've fallen on hard times, but a new cardboard-based tiny house called Nido House makes the idea seem appealing. The off-grid home features a solar power system, rainwater recovery and will be offered in various sizes and designs.
  • Poopy Cat, the firm behind the Blocks cardboard pet playhouse kit we looked at last year, has unveiled its latest project. Landmarks features flatpack pet playhouses modeled on seven architectural classics, including the Sphinx of Giza, the White House, and the Kremlin.
  • If you've camped at music festivals, you'll know that tents are often discarded afterwards for campsite crews to clear up. This is, obviously, incredibly wasteful. Recognizing this, a pair of Dutch designers decided that, if people are going to leave their tents, they might as well be recyclable.
  • Oristand is a cardboard standing desk priced at just $25. Being made of cardboard has its disadvantages, but the low price is a definite plus that means anyone can use Oristand.
  • We've seen many examples of cardboard breaking out of its box, including a rolling Lexus, play furniture for kids, and a bike and helmet. But the crazy folks over at Signal Snowboards and Ernest Packaging have teamed up with the Fender Custom Shop to build a one-off Strat that really rocks.
  • Lexus has built a full-size, driveable cardboard car. The project is, of course, a bit of a stunt, but the impressive Origami Car is a faithful and life-size version of the Lexus IS saloon.
  • US company Ernest Packaging Solutions recently created a cardboard skateboard deck. The deck was put through its paces by pro-skating legend Tony Hawk.
  • Our Paper Life's new Room in a Box idea is aimed at minimizing the time and cost required to furnish a room. Each kit contains pieces that slot together without the need for tools or glue to create furniture for an entire bedroom. What's more, it only takes 30 minutes to put together.
  • With Kids Imagination Furniture, The Cardboard Guys are hoping to foster children's creativity, allowing them to build and decorate their own desk and chair set. Made to be strong, easy to build, and recyclable, Kids Imagination Furniture offers a viable alternative to more traditional sets.
  • Lapdeck combines the comfort of sitting on the sofa with the good posture and productivity levels associated with sitting at a desk. As a bonus, it's collapsible down to the size of an envelope, and made from recyclable cardboard.