Woojai Lee

PaperBricks by designer Woojai Lee is a range of eco-friendly benches and coffee tables made from bricks and recycled from paper.

Anchored by: Manasi Tahalani
Photographs: Courtesy Woojai Lee

Eindhoven based Korean-New Zealand designer Woojai Lee is known for exploring hidden potential of different materials to create a way to save natural resources. His latest project — PaperBricks — recycles newspaper into bricks that can be used to build furniture. Displayed at the Dutch Design Week, the project is an exploration of how to recycle paper in more sustainable ways. Paper remains amongst the most produced and most discarded materials in the world. It can be recycled, but not indefinitely — with every cycle the fibers grow smaller and the quality downgrades.

In Woojai Lee’s technique, newspaper is turned into pulps which are mixed with glue and shaped into bricks. Sturdy as real bricks they combine a pleasing marbled look with the warmth and soft tactility of the paper. When you touch the PaperBricks, one can feel the soft textile-like texture. The PaperBricks colours depend on the newspapers used while the palates can be easily blended with the rest of your furniture. The series currently consists of a bench and two coffee tables (blue and black colour). Woojai Lee aims to develop PaperBricks further into interior materials such as wall panels, room dividers, objects and more furniture series.