Milan 2017 – Shigeru Ban expands his CARTA collection of seatings and tables for Swiss furniture design label wb form. The Prizker Prize architect is famous for using paper tubes treated with awater-repellent finish as a sustainable building material.
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The development of the collection took almost two years. CARTA collection comprises eight different designs including a stool, a chair, a bench, a lounge chair, a chaise lounge, a side-table. Slim cardboard tubes gently curve around birch plywood frames.
The series features also two dining tables with three or four legs made of cardboard tubes. A circular birch top with a diameter of 1.2 metres provides generous space for four chairs from the collection.
Known as ‘paper tubes’, the cardboard tubes for the CARTA collection come from Japan. Here they are treated with urethane resin to make them resistant against liquids and environmental influences. The furniture is produced in Italy, using a sophisticated technique to fix the tubes with only a few, non-visible screws to the simple birch plywood frames.
Shigeru Ban first is a furniture for paper two in the 1990s the furniture was used Miyake Design Studio Gallery in Tokyo. wb form has then acquired the rights to produce and sell the CARTA collection since 2016.
For almost 30 years, Shigeru Ban has been studying the potential of paper for use in architecture design. This seemingly non-structural material is extremely versatile and resilient. Among the major project the Paper House at Lake Yamanaka in Japan (1985) but also churches and pavilions.
For more than 20 years, he has also used this recyclable material for building emergency shelters in the wake of natural calamities like 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake in Japan and social emergencies like 1994 Rwanda Refugee Crisis.
As sister company of the world established wohnbedarf brand, wb form produces and globally sells high-end re-edition of design classics, as well as contemporary design products by renowned designers and architects. Established in 1931, wohnbedarf produced iconic furniture by outstanding masters such as Alvar Aalto, Marcela Breuer, Le Corbusier and Max Bill.
All photos: courtesy of wb form.
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