Perhaps nobody loves cardboard as much as Yale Mechanical Engineering graduate Zach Rotholz. After years of working with cardboard at various other jobs and internships, he launched Chairigami; a company that sells recyclable, cheap and sturdy cardboard furniture that is perfect for temporary setups (or if you have a back of steel, a permanent setup).


“I have a long love affair with cardboard. I began by playing in large refrigerator boxes and teaching children in central park to engineer with cardboard. Later, I was a cardboard apprentice at Adaptive Design and designed equipment for disabled children. This evolved into a senior project in mechanical engineering and then into a pop-up storefront in New Haven, Connecticut. Now I’m ready to save the world, one cardboard chair at a time.”

-Zach Rotholz, CEO and Founder


To call it cardboard is actually a misnomer—this stuff hails from the world of military and industrial packaging. The ‘proper’ name is Triple Wall: a three-ply corrugated board made from 70% recycled cardboard and 30% FSC certified virgin fiber. Also, don’t assume you can just go hacking something like this with an X-Acto…in the video above, a jigsaw is clearly needed.


Perhaps the best application for the furniture could be for trade shows or temporary setups where there is little-to-no need for the furniture post-event. Due to it’s lightweight, flat-packing, and recyclable properties, it easily becomes the cheapest option for shipping and removal while still keeping a modern aesthetic. Additionally, to remain true to the origami spirit, the furniture is free of resins and glues and disassembles easily.







For more info, head over to Chairigami ($60-$200)


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.