A cardboard café in Mumbai. We had to look twice before we believed it, but it does exist. It was Nuru Karim, founder of the Indian architectural firm Nudes, who was responsible for the design. Nuru works on architectural projects that focus on social, cultural and ecological networks. He has already won several design awards, including at the World Architecture Community Awards.
The cardboard café is made of an unconventional yet environmentally friendly material, as its name suggests. By applying layers of cardboard on top of each other, Nuru designed chairs, lighting fixtures and large-scale wall installations with a unique shape. His goal is to show how sustainable and versatile cardboard can be as a biodegradable material.
The cardboard café is made of an unconventional yet environmentally friendly material
Cardboard? Doesn't that break down easily? No, it doesn't. To extend the life of the furniture, Nuru gave them a wax treatment to prevent water from being absorbed and stains from forming in the cardboard. It supports daily maintenance. The material got curved shapes by connecting different pieces of cardboard which were later cut with precision. A modern and environmentally friendly café, a must visit when you're in Mumbai!