Ikea to launch paper furniture line

One day, the material used to make packaging for Ikea products could also be used to make the products themselves. After experimenting with different types of paper-based materials such as molded pulp and washable paper, and identifying nine different paper-based materials that could be of use, the Swedish retail giant said it will be launching a line of paper furniture in the near future.

Ikea’s designers have been experimenting with paper sofas, bookshelves and tables, and part of the inspiration comes from increasing the use of sustainable materials, according to the company website. “A cradle-to-grave approach means putting a product together so that it’s easy to take apart and separate once the lifetime of the product has run out,” Ikea designer Maja Ganszyniec said. “A paper sofa follows this logic.”

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