by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 13th June 2011

Cardboard furniture from Melbourne-based KARTON Group

Cardboard furniture seems very international doesn’t it?  It seems like something you’d see in teeny bedsit in Tokyo, or a student apartment in Berlin or Eindhoven, even.

The cardboard creations you see above do indeed hail from our cultured counterparts in the EU.  They are the work of Berlin-based Industrial Designer Hans-Peter Stange, whose company Stange Design creates the most AMAZING things with cardboard.  We can thank Melbourne-based KARTON Group, though, for bringing these designs to Australia.  They’ve recently launched a schmik new online store, and they deliver Australia-wide.

KARTON’s range is extensive, and includes everything from storage to office furniture, a bed and even a dining table.  I’ll admit the whole cardboard furniture thing is an odd concept to get your head around, but credit where credit’s due – the designs are inspired and the whole range is extremely well executed.  If the spiel is to be believed, KARTON furniture is strong and durable, and can even be painted / varnished if you really want it to last. It’s 100% recyclable, and whilst clearly it’s not made to last a lifetime, the choice of lightweight, non-toxic materials means production and freight consume far fewer resources than a similar timber or particle board product would.  Must say a life cycle assessment would be a great asset here!

At $328.00 for a complete bedroom package, KARTON might just claim a small chunk of IKEA’s budget / student market.  I was going to say though, that at $78.00 for a 6-pack, it’s the Hex and Box stools that will probably be the best seller for events and hospitality.  Then I noticed they’re already SOLD OUT!  Ha!  Nice work.

KARTON’s bedroom package

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 13th June 2011


  • camille 4 years ago

    my bedframe comes from this company and it’s really good to sleep on. Plus it’s super easy when you want to move your bed! just dismantle it and reassemble it. i think mine was cheaper (more like 100 euros max), as far as i remember. camille

  • camille 4 years ago

    actually i checked and my bedframe comes from Stange-Design (much cheaper) and still from Germany:)

  • claire 4 years ago

    Isn’t it amazing! I stumbled on Karton over the weekend and did a small post about them yesterday. I want the shelving x

  • sandra 4 years ago

    great idea

  • Kirsty 4 years ago

    I adore those lambs! I want one for my desk :)

  • Jenny 4 years ago

    I have a thing for cardboard furniture (not only because it’s often all I can afford). So happy to hear this is in Melbourne!

  • Katie 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh, those sheepy shelves! So cute and clever. This is such a great idea! Going to check out the online store now :)

  • White Bedroom 4 years ago

    As a Welshman, I really need some of those cardboard sheep in my life. Seriously cool stuff.

  • Amanda Thorson 4 years ago

    Wow! This is amazing, perfect for a holiday house.

  • Flourish and Blume 4 years ago

    Wow! We could retire from sanding and collect boxes instead! Fantastic designs.

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