Paper Clay: turning waste paper into marble furniture

Paper waste, particularly shredded paper, continues to be a challenge for recycling. It is because when the paper is shredded, the fiber is also cut shorter. Cutting multiple times results in short fiber with lower strength. However, Design An Mor identified the problem, resulting in the recycling of paper waste from industries and companies by converting paper into solid blocks of composite “clay”. The brand-new project titled Paper Clay examines the structural and aesthetic qualities of paper. The new material’s surface has a fine marble appearance that is particular to each block. thanks to they were injected to make the color by the natural mineral coloring. The pieces are put together to create a variety of modular tables, shelving units, chairs, and stools that give offices and homes a unique style and more flexibility.

Design An Mor’s research into the physical and aesthetic properties of waste paper has led to new and innovative applications for the material, such as interior and design products. The team collaborates with local partners to classify, shred, and manufacture waste paper into a new fiber ‘clay’ material, its rigid properties, and marble aesthetics presenting a unique building material for furniture design in their new series Paper Clay. The project reunites these scraps of paper with natural materials by using locally available minerals and metal oxides, giving the surface of the clay a colorful marbled effect. The waste is converted into small paper clay bricks, which are then assembled to make modular furniture objects such as tables, chairs, and shelving units, primarily for offices and homes.

Paper scraps are complicated and diverse waste materials that require various treatment techniques. There are several colors and structure-related elements, for example. As a result, each Paper Clay collection is quite distinct and unique in each piece.