The Office Made of Cardboard

March 10, 2009

Nothing cardboard office
Creative agency Nothing in Amsterdam wanted to make their entire office a "blank slate" so they built it out of cardboard. The desks, chairs, shelves, cubicles, and from the photos, even steps and a small loft is constructed entirely of brown cardboard, which invites lots of cool drawings. The Nothing web site explains:

The idea being, to create an office that will turn our clients into brand advocates, by using the most Nothing-building material we could find. At the same time, have the walls double as a blank canvas, on which people can leave their mark.

Here are a few photos of the cubicles and cool drawings:

Nothing cardboard cubicles

Nothing cardboard outlet

Nothing cardboard office drawings

This reminds me of Aza Raskin's neat Bloxes product, the modular cardboard building blocks that let you create dividers, walls, and even (big and unwieldy but fun) chairs. Also, whiteboard paint and Chris Martin's piano scribblings.

Check out the Nothing web site for more on their setup. Via CR blog, tx JF.

Like the setup. Only wish I could draw…

izzy9985 [+3]
Mar 10 09 at 10:11 am

Yeah, drawing skills are required to make the most of this! And the drawings would be very permanent. I want an office made entirely of whiteboard so I could erase mistakes and redraw.

Gina Trapani [+195]
Mar 10 09 at 10:33 am

Is that an old Apple SE/30 by the mouse statue? Also ditto on the whiteboard.

UnMicD [+8]
Mar 10 09 at 11:01 am


Curtis Hollibaugh [+4]
Mar 10 09 at 12:47 pm

Betcha that office has a no smoking policy. Or halogen lamps!

drmelho [+28]
Mar 10 09 at 10:01 pm

Is it recycled cardboard? I guess not…

phoebe [+2]
Mar 11 09 at 4:14 am

Looks fantastic there, but in reality would be trashed and shabby looking within a month or two, plus i’d have to spend 90% of my time painstakingly planning what to draw.

A whiteboard office is a hell of an idea though, maybe with some blackboard contrast going on too…

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