This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

In the last couple of decades cardboard has been rediscovered as an architectural material for being light yet load-resistant, recyclable, nature-friendly and warm, just like wood, from which it is derived. Treatment with different chemical materials and production techniques allow for higher fire and moisture resistance, greater strength and flexibility: some of the buildings, made entirely or partly of cardboard, boost a life-expectancy of approximately 20 years. However, cardboard’s actual big time popularity can be observed in interior design, where creativity is mostly unlimited by structural and safety requirements. The recent environmental trend of recycling various objects has really led us out of the cardboard box through imaginative, witty and cheap designs.

dARCH studio: Papercut

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: Vasilis Skopelitis

Grimshaw Architects: Fashion Pavilion

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: Grimshaw Architects

B3 Designers: Cardboard Cafe

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: B3 Designers

Carlos Teixeira: The Same, The Other

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: Carlos Teixeira

Studio JVM: Hidden Lines

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: Studio JVM

Toby Horrocks & Kristian Aus: Flatform 322

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: Ellen Dewar

Shigeru Ban: Paper Tea House

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimages: dezeen.com

Joost van Bleiswijk & Alrik Koudenburg: Nothing Office

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: Joachim Baan

CJ Lim/Studio 8 Architects: Seasons Through the Looking Glass

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimages: dezeen.com

Burn Toast Design: Smithfield Menswear Cardboard Shop

Out of the (Cardboard) Box: 10 Inspired Paper Interiors You Could Try at Homeimage: Shaw and Shaw