Mieke Meijer’s NewspaperWood

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Something lovely I saw at Dutch Design Week was Mieke Meijer‘s Newspaperwood. NewspaperWood(or KrantHout in Dutch) is wood made from paper. 

The process of turning recycled newspapers into wood consists using a roller on the newspapers and using a special water soluble glue to bind them. The resulting NewspaperWood can be cut, milled, sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood. I’m fascinated by the idea of reversing a traditional production process: not from wood to paper but the other way around. I also like the way it looks. This just proves that recycling does not always have to produce ugly or boring materials. 

Mieke has already made special editions of the wood such panels from a specific date or region. At one point you might be able to get a kitchen table made of the sports pages, a chair made from newspapers from your birth year or a financial crisis headboard.    

Mieke, a Design Academy graduate, is currently working together with design label vij5 to develop NewsPaperwood. 

Arjan van Raadshooven of Vij5 told me that they are actively looking for other designers to come up with products made out of this innovative material.

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  1. Bart van de Vorst

    Hello Joris,

    Another designer that is working with paper is James Thurman (www.jamesthurman.com/). He is not using newspapers but Dollar bills, comics and books. Some nice pictures can also be found on Flickr.


  2. joris

    Sweet, looks lovely. I like the comic book idea. Would love to be able to make stuff from this material.

  3. T. Shawn Johnson

    There is actually a 3D printer out there that uses paper (on a roll) as a medium. It rolls the paper out, cuts out the profile with a blade, and the rolls more paper out stuck on top. The result looks a lot like wood. I hope shapeways gets one of these printers!



    1. joris


      Yeah, I’d love to see if we could use that thing. Thanx for the tip.

    1. joris

      I’d never heard of the Katana, I’ll look into it.

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