Don’t let your eyes deceive you people…this is not a mockup or macro photography trickery. Inspired by the appearance of corrugated cardboard, Swedish design studio TAF recently designed the offices for Swedish branding and design agency NINE with interiors that resemble cardboard boxes—a well-played nod to the packaging design that happens within the agency’s walls.
Office for NINE
“The painted metal sheets create a basic trompe l’oeil effect, like big paper packaging turning into spaces…the benefit of using metal is that it is more durable and long lasting than real cardboard.”
-Designer Mattias Ståhlbom
Lead by TAF designers Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom, the designs are actually not scaled-up corrugated cardboard but rather, corrugated metal sheets cleverly painted to resemble cardboard. The paper aesthetic flows throughout the open-plan office with other paper-related (but not paper) designs created by TAF including their Soft Parcels line of furniture made to resemble shipping boxes.
To differentiate spaces within the office, the designers chose contrasting materials and shades of green and orange to create “small, visible ‘islands’ in the white and brown paper space,” according to Ståhlbom.
Okay, and now for the actual mockups…