The Elia website says: "Elia is all about making fun a hands-on experience. Elia products are a blast to put together and decorate, but that's not all. They are great teaching tools that show how simple, natural materials can be put together to create amazingly strong, useful things. Of course, they inspire creativity! And because they are 100 percent recyclable, you can always make fun in good conscience:
Frank O. Gehry is one of the most sought-after international furniture designers and architects. Frank Gehry uses everyday materials such as corrugated iron, cardboard, plaster and wickerwork to produce his furniture designs. His 'Little Beaver' series for Vitra has become a contemporary classic.
ban first began experimenting with alternative materials in 1986, when he used paper, instead of wood, to build his alvar aalto exhibition display. he wanted to create a space that suggested the master's building techniques but the budget did not allow the use of wood. he was surprised at the strength of the paper and later on he began to use paper tubes also on building structures. in his projects, the traditional japanese house made of bamboo returns transformed by cardboard tubes. ban discussed several of these paper projects and installations, including the inexpensive and durable housing units for the victims of earthquakes in kobe, japan in 1995. (Design Boom)