Nudes creates cafe in Mumbai entirely from cardboard - architecture and design

Nudes creates cafe in Mumbai entirely from cardboard

Indian architecture studio Nudes has built an entire cafe in Mumbai using cardboard to prove its versatility as an environmentally friendly material.
Everything apart from Cardboard's core, shell and services in the cafe has been made from cardboard. Walls, chairs, tables and even lampshades have all been sculpted from pieces of the corrugated material.

The curving and fluted shapes of the furnishings are formed by multiple layers of cardboard precision cut to produce the desired shape.
Benches cut from the wall panels protrude out into the space, and pieces such as tables and children's highchairs are made from cardboard elements that slot together.

Cardboard was chosen for its recyclable and biodegradable properties. It is also an insulating material that absorbs sound well in the noisy cafe in environment.
Nudes, an architecture studio founded in Mumbai by Nuru Karim, designed the cardboard cafe to show how versatile and hard-wearing a biodegradable material such as cardboard can be.

"Building with cardboard meant constant exploration and inquiry into material performance," said Nudes.
"The table tops are impregnated with wax treatment to prevent water absorption and facilitate ease of maintenance," the studio added. "We are hoping that this space evolves into a vibrant hub for dialogue and conversation on the role of design, material & technology in protecting the earth's resources towards a sustainable future."

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