From the start of this project I knew I wanted to make something out of cardboard. I had wanted to make a piece of cardboard furniture ever since I saw photos of cardboard chairs a few years ago, and this project was the perfect time to do it. Additionally, there was a ton of excess cardboard at my house from lots of shipping boxes.
Furniture, like those above, gave me some inspiration for where I wanted to go with the project, but I still needed to decide on what exactly I wanted to make. I started thinking about what I needed in my room and narrowed it down to either a bookshelf, bedside table, or a chair of some sort. I was somewhat torn between making a bookshelf or something that would be more load-bearing since load-bearing cardboard structures have always seemed cool to me. As for the aesthetic of the project, I decided to go with a minimalist look from early on due to my fondness for simple yet functional design.
I drew up designs for bookshelves and realized by doing this that I actually wanted to make a stool. So I looked up minimalist stools and I liked the look of this:
I set my goal as a combination of a stool and bookshelf, then set out making a prototype.
The prototype turned out well, so I decided to upscale the design for the life size stool. I began construction by using adhesive to glue together big pieces of cardboard into 4-layer laminate sheets, which I pressed with weights. Then, based off of the prototype I began cutting out shapes for the stool. I quickly realized when I started making the larger version that in order to have bookshelves on the side it would be too large of a stool and not quite as functional as I would have liked. I decided to focus on just making a stool and then having a small shelf in the side to hold a book, phone or any other small item.
I made a huge mess, used a ton of razor blades, and made this:
I put vertical stabilizers inside and filled it with spray foam to make it more sturdy, then glued a seat on top.
The design process had a few iterations in the beginning, however, it was mainly just narrowing down my ideas and then going for it. Functionally, the stool turned out exactly how I hoped, aside from not being able to hold as many books as I first expected. As for fitting the minimalist aesthetic I had in mind, I think the simplicity of the stools design fits what I had in mind. I plan to keep the stool in my room and use it as a TV stand. Someday I would like to make another version using folding methods compared to cutting only.