Cardboard Stool
Thursday 12 May 2016

Cardboard Stool

By experimenting with a low value, everyday material, the aim of the project was to manipulate the visual language of cardboard and enhance its perceived quality. Each stool is made by rolling lengths of laminated cardboard into rough cylinders. Shaving down the edges reveals the coloured layers as well as the pattern of the corrugation, exposing an inherent aesthetic of the material that is not usually seen. The aim of the project was to give cardboard, one of the most commonly recycled materials, a more interesting and unusual second life.

Cardboard Stools were exhibited at EXTRAORDINARY, an exhibition at the Aram Gallery featuring new designers working with ordinary materials, products or processes in extraordinary ways. The project also won the 3rd prize at this year's Pure Talents Award, hosted by the IMM Cologne in collaboration with the German Design Council. During Salone del Mobile 2016, the cardboard stools were on show at the Cappellini showroom as part of Cappellini Next.


Luisa Kahlfeldt, born 1991 in Berlin, graduated from Central Saint Martins in London with a BA (Hons) in Product Design. Here, she worked on independent design projects as well as collaborating with external clients, such as Italian lighting company Luceplan. During her studies, Luisa gained practical experiences while working with Studio Werner Aisslinger in Berlin. Last summer, Luisa spent three months as a Designer in Residence at the Bauhaus in Dessau, which invites young designers to deal with current design issues and engage creatively with the legacy of modernity. Back in London, Luisa is currently working as a designer for Barber Osgerby.