Cardboard art and sculpture is quickly becoming an art form to be reckoned with and nowhere is that more evident than on the Internet. Cardboard artists are using the Internet to display their work, attract fans and sell pieces of their craft. Aside from our humble blog of course, below are some of the coolest places to visit if you want to know more about this up and coming art form.
This website primarily offers customers the chance to decorate their walls with laser-cut, three-dimensional cardboard sculptures of animal trophies. A very small company out of Charlottesville, Virginia, Cardboard Safari will mail you a deceptively flat-looking package filled with cardboard slats and a set of instructions, the assembly of which adds to the fun of having a mounted moose, bison, rhino, buck or elephant. Each animal comes as a micro, medium or large trophy, with rhinos also available in the same sizes as full-bodied sculptures, offering flexibility in price and size so you get the right fit. Though animal-themed, Cardboard Safari has also branched out to sell holiday items such hearts, trees and skulls.
If animals aren’t really your thing, cardboarddesign is a design company located in New York City specializing in eco-friendly toys, furniture and vases. Cardboarddesign seeks to be more of a fun lifestyle choice than artwork displayed for viewing, with products as practical and functional as tables and chairs. Their new product line is a bit more artistic though, and promises to be a big seller as it is one of the most interesting products available. Liquid cardboard is a series of products that are designed to easily be pushed, pulled and shifted into new shapes, functioning as an intriguing centerpiece to any coffee table.
Karton Art Design
Karton Art Design is a Hungarian design company that combines cardboard and upper end furniture. Though it may be a bit pricier than certain kinds of conventional furniture, it is imbued with an elegant sense of style that is near priceless. Their products include desks, bookcases and wardrobes, and all come with a 3-year warrantee.
Foldschool is a website run by Nicola Enrico Staubli, a Swiss architect, with the goal of freely educating people in the construction of simple children’s cardboard furniture. Claiming to be strong enough to support an adult, Staubli has made the designs and instructions available free of charge, in an effort to help people make a quality product at an affordable price. The available designs are currently a stool, a chair and a rocker. Though they are meant for children, they provide a fun way to reuse and recycle some of the cardboard that is so often thrown out, as well as cultivate some skills that can be used for bigger and better homemade cardboard furniture.
Chris Gilmour is an English artist using cardboard in a complexity that baffles the mind. At his website, you can peruse his numerous creations, each with such detail they appear to be real at first glance. Gilmour fashions the majority of his pieces to scale, making them even more unbelievable. In his work there is no artistic interpretation; he attempts to recreate them with cardboard exactly as they would appear when made from the correct materials.
Located in Seattle, Washington, Graypants is a design studio run by two graduates from Kent State University that have managed to use cardboard and other recycled material in inventive and compelling ways. Currently, the only products they have for sale are upper end light fixtures inspired by planets and stars. They are beautifully constructed out of layered cardboard and give off an ethereal glow. Though not yet available, their concepts are even more intriguing and show a lot of promise for this studio.