shelves, a cat house, and more from Samsung’s cardboard television boxes

Five years ago, Samsung recruited the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to rethink their television design: finally seeing a television that we would like to watch. Samsung is now improving the packaging of the Bouroullec Seroul and its two other “Lifestyle” televisions.

In order to reduce its environmental footprint, the company committed to using corrugated cardboard and to propose DIY ideas to recycle the remaining boxes. Instead of recycling it, the cardboard can be transformed into shelves, magazine racks, even a cat house. Buyers receive an idea manual and the packaging itself is printed with a series of dots that make it easy to cut into the required shapes. Here is a sample.

Samsung & # 8
Above: Samsung’s Serif TVs, as well as The Frame and The Sero TVs, are now all packaged in “eco-friendly” cardboard packaging, formerly known as standard boxes, before coated cardboard, plastic and polystyrene are not introduced.
When the boxes are flattened, the matrix pattern inside is used as a guide to redirect the cardboard into useful objects, such as this magazine rack (also practical for storing the TV remote control). No glue required, but you might consider adding a coat or two of paint.
Above: When the boxes are flattened, the matrix pattern inside is used as a guide to redirect the cardboard into useful objects, such as this magazine rack (also useful for storing the TV remote control). No glue required, but you might consider adding a coat or two of paint.
To inspire new uses for packaging, Samsung recently collaborated on a competition with the British design daily Dezeen. The finalists will be announced in August and the winner in September. In the meantime, we & # 8
Above: To inspire new uses for packaging, Samsung recently collaborated on a competition with the British design daily Dezeen. The finalists will be announced in August and the winner in September. In the meantime, we are inspired by DIY ideas from the contest offered by Dezeen, such as this hexagonal table.

“About 90 billion cardboard boxes are thrown away after one use each year in the United States alone,” reports Dezeen.

Some other Dezeen ideas: a shelf and a DIY cardboard display board.
Above: a few more Dezeen ideas: a DIY cardboard desk shelf and display panels.
A smaller version of the desktop organizer, sized right for miniature cardboard trees (or a cell phone).
Above: a smaller version of the desktop organizer, sized on the right for miniature cardboard trees (or a mobile phone).
Dezeen & # 8
Above: Dezeen’s cardboard bedside table is made from the packaging of The Sero television.
Our favorite box transformation: the Serif now comes with building instructions for your own cat house (and the box can be turned over to hide the logo). For an ideal companion for your feline, see Claw Control: The DIY Cat Scratching Post.
Above: our favorite box transformation: the Serif now comes with instructions for making your own cat (and the box can be turned over to hide the logo). For an ideal companion for your feline, see Claw Control: The DIY Cat Scratching Post.

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