From Paper to Wood
Newspaperwood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5.
According to the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona at Tucson, dendrochronology is “the dating of past events (climatic changes) through study of tree ring growth.” A new material project by Mieke Meijer and Vij5 brings new meaning to the study of tree rings, however.
“Newspaperwood” is a product made from recycled newspaper that assumes the form of engineered lumber. The Netherlands-based designers wanted to find a better solution for excess newspaper that is typically thrown away or downcycled. When Newspaperwood “logs” are cut, the layers of revealed material bear a striking resemblance to real wood—and the material may be cut and processed like conventional wood.
In Newspaperwood, the printed word becomes a new source of material information. According to Meijer, Newspaperwood enables the “reversing of a traditional production process; not from wood to paper, but the other way around.”