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Sustainable Design

Domingos Tótora

artisan

Brazilian designer Domongos Totora creates extraordinary furniture and decorative objects produced from recycled cardboard that he turns into a wood-like material through a sustainable process.

Although building furniture with recycled cardboard is not necessarily a new approach, his unique designs ensure something refreshing for the eye each time. Born and raised in the mountainous region of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the designer and studied in Sao Paulo.

Ever-inspired by the nature that surrounds him, the designer explains his sustainable method:

“Cardboard is broken up into small pieces and turned into a pulp that serves as the base material for furniture, objects and sculptural pieces that are molded by hand, dried in the sun and finished to perfection.

In this beautiful and labor intensive process, the cardboard which originated as wood, essentially is brought back full cycle by taking on a wood-like quality again."

Totora continues to produce visually rich pieces that stand as much as art as they do functional furniture. Pieces from his collection are currently available online at 1stDibs.

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