“A reversing of a traditional production process; not from wood to paper, but the other way around.”
The Newspaper Wood is a collaboration between 2 Netherlands designers, Mieke Meijer of Mieke dingen and Vij5, the designlabel that was started by Arjan van Raashooven & Anieke Branderhorst. Mieke Meijer came up with the idea to use piles of discarded daily newspaper making it into a renewed material. The layer of paper appear like lines of a wood grain and the rings of a tree just like a real wood when the Newspaper Wood is cut. It can be cut, milled and sanded and generally treated like other type of wood.
Designer of Mieke dingen, which she produces on a small scale in her own workshop.
Sustainability, utility and beauty are the guiding principles that define Mieke dingen. Mieke dingen matches the needs of the consumer long term and fit well into their environment. Mieke dingen objects therefore keep their value. Their timeless design, their subtly light-hearted character and their distinct functionality create a bond between people and the objects.
Flexibility is the key to the choice of basic principles for Mieke dingen: whether it is materials, everyday situations or certain specific techniques. By developing a well-conceived idea and sticking to it, Mieke dingen objects have a distinctive and very recognisable signature.
(Mieke studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven.)
Vij5 (Arjan van Raadshooven & Anieke Branderhorst)
Both have totally different characters, resulting in a ‘perfect symbiosis’.
They started designlabel Vij5 directly after they both graduated in 2006. Since they work on their product collection together, their interaction seems even stronger. In fact it became one of the basic principles of Vij5, visible in the growing amount of collaborations with other young designers.
“We enjoy different visions at situations. But not until we both agree, a product is finished and approved.”
(Anieke studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and Arjan studied Architecture at the Technical University.)
a+. mieke meijer via vij5