Building a better cardboard box, the Mengoni brothers rethink a traditionally disposable medium. Kubedesign, inspired by their father’s packaging company, uses cardboard and its best features—lightness, flexibility, sustainability—to construct lasting home furnishings. Roberto Giacomucci lends his design talents to the project, providing structural blueprints for strong armchairs, stools, bookshelves, and desks. Each piece is, almost incredibly, waterproof, and prices begin at 15 Euro. Soggy, curbside cardboard boxes these are not.

Janet

Janet is a senior at Kenyon College studying English with a Creative Writing emphasis. She has a particular affinity for American literature, and enjoys discovering the narrative(s) behind a piece of art. GBlog is her blogging debut, and she is grateful for newfound exposure to objects such as the “Bug Light.” (She favors the stately praying mantis.)