Indian architecture studio Nudes designed the 'Cardboard' cafe in Mumbai with an unconventional yet eco-friendly material, the same one that the cafe shares its name with. While the core, shell and service components of the cafe are constructed from other materials for the sake of structural integrity and function, the remainder of the cafe—from its seats to the sculptural walls—is entirely shaped by the low-cost corrugated material.
By piecing layers and layers of cardboard atop one another, Nudes successfully created uniquely shaped chairs, lighting fixtures and large-scale wall installations. This modern and eco-friendly cafe was created to show how durable and versatile cardboard can be as a biodegradable material.
For the sake of longevity, the tabletops within the space feature a wax treatment to prevent water from being absorbed and to support daily maintenance.