Corrugated cardboard, made from a natural renewable resource, has one of the best environmental records. In 2002, more than 23 million tons of corrugated cardboard were recovered and recycled in the US – that is 74% of all cardboard produced in the same year. Cardboard has the best recycling rate of any packaging material used today. A hard look at every scrap of cardboard can lead the creative mind to see it as a valuable raw material. This is your opportunity to discover the potential of corrugated cardboard.
Design a chair! This activity asks you to design and build a full-sized chair from corrugated cardboard. The chair must support a pre-determined weight that is selected by the team for at least 5 minutes. The person seated will be in a “comfortable” position with his / her back leaning against the back of the chair. Students will get an opportunity to learn about paper and cardboard as a building material and the statics and dynamics of structures. This design challenge is designed to encourage and reward excellence in design that integrates function (does the chair work); aesthetics (is it pleasing to the eye); ergonomics (is it comfortable for the average person); details (are my drawings and actual construction accurate); and fun.
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Check out these designs:
Cardboard Chair | The Annual Children’s Review – RISD | Industrial Design
20 inspirational designs made from cardboard « Ponoko – Blog
Create a fully functional cardboard chair that holds the weight of an adult without the use of adhesives of any kind.
- Watch the videos and look up examples of chairs.
- Start the brainstorming process of creating a unique chair with cardboard
- Understand the proper use of the materials
- Create three methods for attaching cardboard without glue
- Create a small model of the chair
- Create the full size chair that supports the weight of a person
- Document the process of creating the chair in a video or slideshow