April 5, 2013

Kids Cardboard Lifestyle: The Cardboard Collective

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Seriously, kids go through so much stuff, so quickly, it really all should be made of cardboard. And then it's like, seriously, just make that yourself.

Which is a severe underselling of the awesomeness of Tokyo expat Amber's kids & cardboard projects blog, The Cardboard Collective.

It all started, as so many things in Japan do, with a mook: Amber came across a how-to guide for making cardboard kids' furniture, and decided to whip up the playtable and chairs for her two little daughters [above].

Two years later, the Collective is a major node in the global cardboard lifestyle network, with mecha-kawaii projects like making floppy little cars out of corks; hosting neighborhood cardboard playdates, and my own favorite [after the OG table & chairs, of course]: this sweet kids dresser system made from upcycled kiwi boxes.

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The mooks that got the ball rolling, btw, were called パパママつくって! [Papa, Mama, Make it!] by Ishukura Hiroyuki, and were published by NHK. パパママつくって!遊べる学べる段ボールおもちゃ, Play & Learn Cardboard Toys, came out in 2009, and パパママつくって!かわいい段ボール家具, Cute Cardboard Furniture was released in 2006. Amber had sold a few copies on etsy at one point, but now you'll have to fend for yourselves on Amazon Japan or wherever.

The Cardboard Collective [thecardboardcollective]
Stackable Cardboard Dressers for Kids [thecardboardcollective]

3 Comments

I have the cardboard kids furniture books up for sale again in my Etsy shop. Cardboard construction/ Japanese craft book support included:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cardboardcollect?ref=si_shop

Hate to be that guy, but there's a broken link in paragraph 2.
Thanks for sharing this. I think my son's going to totally dig some of these projects!

d'oh, thanks, that guy, I didn't realize I broke that when doing the new post. Click all day, though, they're fixed now.

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