ARCHITECT assistant editor of products and technology Selin Ashaboglu profiles a new product from Korean-New Zealander designer WooJai Lee, who uses recycled newspapers to create bricks.
PaperBricks are created by turning recycled newspapers into a pulp and mixing the pulp with glue, then pressing it into molds to form bricks that look like concrete masonry units. After time to set, the bricks are taken out of the molds to dry and then sanded for smooth edges. The resulting 2-inch-thick bricks measure 4 inches wide by 11.8 inches long.
Though he's still figuring out more applications for his creation, Lee has already put together a furniture series called PaperBricks Pallets, which consists of a side table and two benches. The collection demonstrates the use of PaperBricks as functional building blocks. "PaperBricks are currently under development into interior pieces such as wall panels and room dividers [in order] to further [explore] series of furniture and objects," Lee tells ARCHITECT in an email.