About this project
...a timeless vintage style like the one which characterizes the key pieces of the history of design, but at the same time fully represents our time: in addition to being ergonomic it is inexpensive , eco-friendly, customizable and independently-produced with community funds. . . . It’s easy to think that if the Eames were alive today, they might have designed it themselves. - OVS
Love it. - Herman Miller
An easy chair with the charm of a design icon. - Cielbleu
Chic and cardboard are rarely seen in the same sentence... - Apartment Therapy
The chair works. - Core 77
I love the concept that the shell can be created from up-cycled cardboard. - Minimalismo
The whole design emerges from a spirit of smart design minimalism... How ingenious is that? - Visual News
I've seen several interpretations of cardboard furniture, but this latest find is one of my favorites. . . . I'm impressed! - The Designerpad
Project of the day. - Faveoly
When all is said and done, the Re-Ply will be the last reply to the question of affordable, upcycled seating. - Gessato
His RE-PLY recliner chair is genius. - Selectism
...best described as Eames meets Captain Planet. - Cool Material
I love working in this chair. I want one in my office. - Coeylen B.
Stunningly simple. - Todd F.
I discovered a way to make cardboard strong. Help me get original, customizable, low eco-footprint furniture into production.
Note: All chairs in photos & video are of prototypes and the metal frames have no finish. The production models may vary.
The recliner - redesigned from the box up. Boxes are collected, stacked, cut, laminated, molded and folded into a strong, comfortable shell. A triangular steel base allows the chair to gently rock.
If this project breaks $20,000:
- Free T-shirt with shipment of 3 or more chairs (see FAQ at bottom on how to order more than one).
- Free T-shirt with shipment of 2 or more covered chairs.
- A new metal frame color option will be available.
1) MINIMALISM: Nothing added, just the essentials.
Every element of the chair emerges from multiple functions. For example, only one pair of bolts attaches the seat to the metal base. These same bolts hold the crease and allow the chair to recline – all in one move. Since the base is triangular, it requires only one point of contact with the seat. The base is canted to align with the forward facing angle of the attachment points.
2) STRENGTH: Is that really just cardboard?
Yep. Four layers of heavy duty corrugated fiberboard to be exact. Most boxes are broken down and recycled. The Re-Ply upcycles cardboard by rescuing it from the recycling loop and making it into something more permanent and durable. And it uses a patent pending manufacturing process, so you probably haven't seen anything like this before.
The chairs in the images have been through years of use: parties, moving, and people of all sizes. They will outlast many of the items you might find at your favorite Scandinavian furniture chain.
3) USES: It moves with you.
Yes, it rocks. Magazines in the waiting room? Laptop typing madness? Chatting with friends? Yes, yes, and yes. The Re-Ply does it all, with comfort and style.
4) ECO: Furniture to feel good about.
You are supporting one of the most sustainable manufacturing techniques out there. I'm keeping everything as green (and local) as possible. And in 30 years, when you're done with it, the entire chair can be recycled. We don't have to sacrifice beautiful design to live sustainably.
5) CONTRIBUTE: Choose your Rewards
No matter how you help, you are supporting independent furniture design and manufacture. You will have your choice of a powdercoated blue metal frame, or a reflective zinc-plated one. They will be nicer than the prototypes pictured. If you order the base model, you will have your choice of origin cardboard graphics or plain. If you order a custom option, you can have a your graphics printed on the chair.
Carbon neutral shipping within the continental USA included. Material, color and size preferences for the rewards will be solicited after the project closes.
Pledge $5 or more: Updates + PDF Poster + Digital Model: You are a contributor! You will receive updates as the project moves through production. You (and all other other pledges) also get a digital model and a PDF of the origami diagram.
Pledge $30: T-Shirt: You get one really nice T-shirt. Not your typical promotional shirt. Printed by hand at a small printshop in San Francisco. Shirts will be fashion cut, ringspun organic cotton. Light grey print on dark heather shirt. Unisex and women's sizes.
Pledge $150 and $165: Early Bird Specials! A hand-numbered chair! Choose from having the origin cardboard graphics exposed or plain. Pick your metal base color - blue or reflective. Limited number available.
Pledge $175: Discount! A hand-numbered Re-Ply. Choose from having the origin cardboard graphics exposed or plain. Pick your metal base color - blue or reflective. Limited number at this price!
Pledge $180: The Re-Ply A hand-numbered Re-Ply. Choose from having the origin cardboard graphics exposed or plain. Pick your metal base color - blue or reflective.
Pledge $195: Holiday Package! One Re-Ply chair plus the T-shirt. T-shirt will be delivered in time for the holidays. Pick your metal base color - blue or reflective. Limited quantity.
Pledge $235: Faux Fur! The Re-Ply in thick black faux fur. Pick your metal base color - blue or reflective.
Pledge $275: Felt! The Re-Ply with a quarter inch thick removable felt cover. It's the most luxurious Re-Ply made. Pick your metal base color - blue or reflective.
Pledge $275: Custom Print Imagine the possibilities! The Re-Ply with your graphic inkjet printed on the seating surface. Your company's logo? Creative patterns to match your home? Pick your metal base color - blue or reflective.
Pledge $375: Total Custom! The Re-Ply with a custom cover/color. I will work with you to find the perfect cover material and color. As an alternative you may also choose to have a custom graphic(artwork, or your company's logo perhaps?) printed on the seating surfaces. You also get to choose your own metal base finish (within stock colors). This will be truly a personal chair.
How does Kickstarter work?
Kickstarter is a platform for funding creative projects. In exchange for your support, I am offering a variety of rewards. Funding is all-or-nothing, so I must raise the full amount to move forward with this project. If the project doesn’t reach the goal, nobody is charged and my chairs don't go out into the world. This is an exciting way to bring lots of people in on this creative endeavor.
Where does the $$ go?
As with any new product, startup costs are a hurdle. That is where Kickstarter comes in. Your pledge money will be used for:
- Tools and molds.
- Bulk purchase of materials.
- Overhead for a workshop.
- Samples from manufacturers.
- Fees to Kickstarter & Amazon payments.
- Shipping and packaging.
- Additional prototype refinements.
- Late November: Campaign ends, rent workspace, buy tools.
- November: Make molds, prototype refinements, procure samples.
- December: Solicit sizes and colors from contributors, begin production.
- January: Production and delivery of components.
- February: Finish production and begin shipping.
- March: Complete shipping of Kickstarter rewards.
6) A STORY: Playing with paper.
I played with paper as a kid. A lot. Paper airplanes, origami boats, etc. Then I got a masters degree in architecture and started thinking about how those folded forms could be put to use.
The Re-Ply comes from the simplest of forms - a folded piece of paper. Paper is relatively strong in tension, and folding it in half yields a seat and back. To hold the crease the ends of the fold are bent and overlap. This pulls the profile of the back and seat into an arc. The resulting shape is surprisingly comfortable.
...with anyone who might be interested – this makes a real difference for a Kickstarter project. Most Kickstarter projects are funded by friends and friends of friends.
and most of all:
For checking out my Kickstarter campaign.
Also thank you to the amazing people who helped me with this project: Joelle for her amazing effort on the video, Co for help on the video, Henry for video help and photographs, Laura for video help and location support, Adrienne for photography support, Noelle for photography support, Nate for writing help, Anton for being a soundingboard, Aaron for logo design, Alison for design ideas, Nic for website building, Krys for shirt designs, Doron for the digital model, Adam for marketing ideas, The Stensons for transportation help, Damian for music, Howard for patent and legal information, Bill for professional photography, Jen for marketing ideas, Beth and Sue and Rich for their encouragement and patience, and all the people who have provided ideas and encouragement along the way.
Video music: Opening Credits by Jonny Ripper and On Feathers & Arrows (on Burnt Pine) by the fabulous San Francisco band Il Gato.
Risks and challenges
The metal frames will be made by a metal shop in Portland, OR. I have visited their shop and they are ready to go. The cardboard shell will be handmade by, or supervised by me, and requires minimal technology. Procuring cardboard has the potential to be labor intensive. I've made contact with many furniture stores who regularly have excess of large, clean, heavy duty boxes I will have access to. Felt and faux fur are easily cut by hand, and the rest of the pieces are off-the-shelf nuts and bolts (literally).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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