Need more proof? Check out this modern cafe in Mumbai, India, whose next-level use of cardboard shows how versatile the material really is. Indian design studio Nudes crafted the interior of Cardboard Bombay with corrugated cardboard touches, including chairs, light fixtures, tables, and architectural elements.
Using sturdy stock, the designers crafted sinuous waves of corrugated cardboard that when layered next to each other look almost like hardwood. Stacked layers of paper create the base of a chair; a cantilevered table made of cardboard juts out from the wall.
The most stunning piece of cardboard wizardry comes in the form of undulating circular wall panels that give the restaurant a wave-like form.
Of course, cardboard alone doesn’t really make sense for an dining environment, so the designers coated the paper material with a wax treatment to ensure the furniture remains impervious to heat, humidity, and, yes, spilled drinks.