Why We Chose This
Cardboard is a humble, accessible material that modern designers have turned to for decades in order to solve problems elegantly and affordably. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, whose work is represented in MoMA’s collection, is renowned for his use of recycled cardboard tubes to house disaster victims. Before him, the midcentury icon Riki Watanabe pioneered the concept of cardboard seating in 1966 with his Riki Stool. It is in this context that we meet Bookniture, Mike Mak’s multifunctional origami stool. Mak uses cardboard to create space in small homes — and add an element of surprise when the furniture is quickly unfolded from a book tucked neatly on a shelf.
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