LAUNCH OF THE PAPERWEIGHT DESK
The world’s first fully-specified mass production workstation made entirely of cardboard.
Designed by Mary Dorrington Ward and engineered by Pat Doyle, the Paperweight Desk is manufactured in the UK from 76% recycled paper and is 100% sustainable and recyclable. Measuring 1500mm x 750mm it is built to meet European legislation for strength and stability and can take up to 100kg. It is the first of a series of cardboard furniture products to be launched over the next 12 months.
The specially made corrugated board is coated with a highly water-resistant cellulose varnish and can be assembled in just a few minutes. It comes complete with full cable management and the adjustable legs can be positioned inset or outset.
No screws, staples, glues or tools are required for assembly and the desk comes with a 12-month warranty.
The launch follows a two year programme of research and prototyping. Spokesman Rod Fountain says: “We are aware that cardboard furniture has enjoyed a mixed press over the last fifty years and it is going to take an exceptional product to win over the cynics. But we think we are launching the right product at the right time – it’s elegant, extremely eco-friendly, and excellent value for money.”
Initially available in pure white, a palate of standard colours will soon be available and customers will also be able to specify their own colours or designs.
“This is a great fun product but it’s also very robust and will last for many years,” says Fountain. “We think it’s a joy to work at because it is soft and forgiving. It is actually quite an intimate product and a very different experience to working at a conventional steel-framed desk.”
Production begins soon on an extended range of products and the entire range will be available as a system for contract use and will also be available separately via selected retail outlets.
“We think it has very wide applications and we already have a lot of interest from large public and private sector organisations,” says Fountain. “It looks great in the home, but it’s also a solution to the growing need for flexibility in the workplace. You can have a whole team up and running from scratch in 24 hours with no hassle and very little cost. When the team’s work is finished you can take the desks down and store them in minutes or simply put them in the paper recycling bin!”
Please contact Ludovic at the showroom on 020 8421 1779 for further information and prices.